We are delighted to announce that our physical office is re-opening to our existing and new clients. To provide safety to both our clients and staff, we are adapting the CDC guidelines for social distancing while we are in the yellow phase. Rest assured, that we have and will continue to regularly clean all areas of the office especially the high-traffic areas. All attorneys and staff will have their temperature taken daily and will be wearing masks when interacting with clients. Any attorneys and staff with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will work remotely. They will then be required to follow CDCrecommended steps, including not returning to work until the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation are met.

As the health and safety of our clients and their families is our top priority, we are asking that our clients follow the procedures below during the yellow phase:

  1. Upon entering the building, we ask that all persons wash their hands or hand-sanitize. We will be providing access to soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  2. We will also be taking temperatures with non-contact thermometers upon entering the office.
  3. Our office is set-up to comply with social distancing of six feet. In the conference and mediation rooms we are asking that each person sit a minimum of one chair apart from attorneys and/or staff at all times.
  4. Masks are available and will be provided open request.
  5. Teleconferences Zoom meetings, and FaceTime are available in lieu of inperson meetings if requested.
  6. We will continue to have the drop-box available for delivery of documents.

In the event that anyone is sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you reschedule your appointment or utilize the electronic forums listed above.

As each county determines the procedures that will be followed, please ask your attorney of the specific procedures regarding the county in which your case in pending.

Please note that we will also continue to accommodate the needs of new clients, who are welcome, and as always we encourage and appreciate referrals. During this uncertain and unprecedented time, please stay safe and remember that Sweeney Law Office, LLC will remain by your side for all of your family’s legal needs. We ask that you have patience during this challenging time.

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Baby boomer divorce is booming in Pennsylvania and nationwide

Divorce rates are growing among baby boomers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere as more people are reaching the ages of 50 and older. For this demographic group, the rate of divorce has doubled in the last two decades, despite a general decline in national divorce rates since the 1980’s. Additionally, many of these individuals are not new to the divorce process, and have seen at least one other divorce in their lives.

Many boomer couples are believed to have originally sought marriage as a fulfillment of personal and individual happiness, rather than as an economic benefit. It appears that many boomers are using this same rationale to end the marriages. The idea that their marriage is no longer satisfying their personal needs is cited as one of the most common reasons for seeking a divorce later in life.

Of course, there are many factors that typically must be considered in the settlement of the divorce. For boomers, this is made particularly unique by the place in life that older people are in when they make the decision to separate. Many have already seen their children reach adulthood, so child custody is less of a concern, although child support may still be a factor if the children are still under the financial support of their parents as they pursue higher education. Additionally, a lifelong accumulation of shared assets also provides a potential settlement hurdle to overcome.

Pennsylvania boomers who are considering divorce would benefit from understanding what is involved, particularly if their children remain financially dependent. Many older people who have ended their marriages consider themselves happy, and this is made easier by simplifying the process of settlement. Divorce proceedings can sometimes be lengthy and expensive, and couples may benefit from working with experienced attorneys to make the process as easy and painless as possible while achieving an equitable resolution of all outstanding issues.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “The Gray Divorcés,” Susan Gregory Thomas, March 3, 2012

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