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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Divorce for older Pennsylvania couples may be increasing

In the past, divorce for older couples was seen as something that just wasn’t done in Pennsylvania. After all, after spending a large amount of time with each other in marriage, many couples grew comfortable in their relationship and didn’t want to end it, even if they were unhappy in their marriage. Most older couples who filed for divorce 20 years ago did it for reasons of infidelity or abuse.

However, nowadays that trend is being challenged by older couples who view marriage as a means of happiness. This trend, known popularly by the sociologists as “the gray divorce revolution,” indicates how differently marriage is now viewed by society. Nowadays, many couples see marriage as a way to attain happiness by committing to someone who made them happy in a certain chapter of their life. More older people coming in to speak with divorce attorneys are said to focus on enjoying the rest of their lives when discussing their reasons for seeking a divorce.

This change in attitude of how marriage is perceived is seen in part as a result of older people understanding more of what they want from a relationship and how far they are willing to go. For these couples, it may be seen as beneficial — especially as they enter into another chapter of their lives — to spend their time with a different person who fulfills personal needs. Or, it could be that other spouses may want to divorce so that they can finally achieve the independence that they’ve desired for years.

For Pennsylvania couples who would like to move on to the next chapter of their lives without their spouse, it may be beneficial to consider filing for a divorce. While divorce can be a difficult time for anyone involved, for those who wish to start a new life, it may be worth the effort. Couples that are seriously looking at divorce would do well to become familiar with the laws and procedures as they apply to their own unique set of circumstances.

Source: 10 TV, “Growing Numbers Seek Divorce After Age 50,” April 18, 2012


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