WE ARE WORKING!
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop and evolve, the safety, health and well-being of our clients and our team is extremely important to us. We are watching for the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and international medical experts to learn how we can best manage our facility and our clients.
We would like to reassure you that The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. will continue to be available to provide services to all of our clients.
Our lawyers and paralegals are working in the office and electronically, although most of us are working from home. Below is a list of FAQs regarding our response and commitment to you during COVID-19.
Can I even have a consultation with my lawyer remotely?
Yes, The Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. has a comprehensive remote working capability and all of our lawyers and paralegals are equipped to work securely from home.
Will my lawyer be available to answer questions and work on my case?
Yes, your legal matters will continue to receive our attention. You can email, call, or videoconference with your lawyer during this time.
We also have multiple videoconferencing options; please contact your attorney for the platform that works best for you
How are court hearings and appointments affected?
Court in Bexar County are now conducted by Zoom Please see our blog article Court via Zoom: It’s Actually, Really Court (and Here’s How It Works)
Can I consult with a lawyer about a new family law or divorce matter?
Yes, we have office staff working in house and remotely to ensure continuity in our business. For information about a family law or divorce matter, please call our office or complete the Request a Consultation Form.
Your family law matters remain our top concern and we are not going to permit this pandemic to take priority over your needs. We will remain confident, alert and prepared.
We wish you and your family well as we work through this difficult situation together.
With warm regards,
Lisa A Vance
Some basic rights and responsibilities of military divorce
Some do not realize that military divorce it is governed by both state and unique federal laws. This means that the process varies from a standard, civilian divorce. If you are active in the military, your divorce may differ from traditional proceedings in a couple of ways.
The same is true if you are a spouse of an active member. For this reason, it is important to understand some of your rights and responsibilities, which may be affected in the process. For example, some issues that may differ from a civilian divorce concern jurisdiction, children-related matters and pension benefits.
Filing: There are often special jurisdictional concerns associated with military divorce. Generally, divorces are filed in the state where parties live or are stationed. On the other hand, some states permit the case be filed in the state where the military person anticipates living subsequent to discharge, if there is a sufficient “nexus” or “tie” to that state.
Children-related matters: Under the rules and regulations unique to this field, military members have the responsibility of supporting their family. In fact, the military strongly encourages service members to comply with all support, custody and visitation mandates. If one does not, he or she could be sanctioned.
State law often dictates the rules for child. However, there are specific guidelines for members, which include enforcing orders during deployment and calculating support amounts. Prudence dictates comparing the military rules to the state laws and complying with both sets of laws.
Pension benefits: The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act controls the division of military pension benefits. The law allows for a portion of a military retiree’s pay to be paid to the former spouse (a benefit to those with service spouses). Under the law, state courts may also divide military-based retirement benefits as either separate property (of the serviceperson) or marital property. Parties are also usually permitted to agree to those divisions in their mediations.
Furthermore, the law provides former spouses the right to obtain medical, commissary and exchange privileges when the following conditions are fulfilled:
- The couple was married for two decades or more
- The military member completed at least 20 years of service, and there was a 20-year overlap or more of the marriage and service
If you are eligible for a military divorce, you may reap particular privileges available under federal law. The United States appreciates members’ time in service. However, with these rights come specific responsibilities. Therefore, you may benefit from securing the assistance of a qualified family law attorney. A lawyer can help ensure that your transition into a new beginning is met with ease.