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
What are Texas Residency Requirements for Divorce?
You’ve maybe seen the bumper sticker, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” When it comes to getting divorced in Texas, you have to make sure that “as fast as you could” is six months prior.
There’s actually a two-step residency requirement in Texas—either the person filing for divorce (the petitioner) or the person receiving the divorce papers (the respondent) has to be a Texas resident for at least six months, and the resident of the county where the divorce is being filed for at least 90 days.
That can also extend to military bases for personnel who are not prior residents of Texas. — If an airman is stationed at Randolph AFB, for example, that person can be a petitioner or respondent in a Bexar County divorce within six months of arriving on base. (But if the person lives off base in Comal or Guadalupe County, this doesn’t apply.)
Once the divorce petition is filed, the couple must wait 60 days to finalize the divorce. If it’s a fairly easy divorce and they’re able to reconcile all issues before the 60 days, they still must wait, but can have everything signed and ready to file while waiting to get onto a court docket, which can be backed up weeks or even months. Of course, many divorces last beyond or even well beyond the 60-day period.