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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Living together before marriage no longer a sign of divorce

It was once commonly thought that living with your significant other before you got married significantly raised the chances of a divorce later on in life. But today, with nearly half of marriages ending in divorce within 20 years, the thought of living together might sound like a good thing. Luckily for Pennsylvania couples, a new study suggests that living together before you get married might not be a relevant indicator of the chances for a divorce later on in life. Or, at least, it hasn’t indicated that the chances of divorce increase.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 22,000 men and women from 2006 to 2010 and found that couples who were engaged and living together before they were married were just as likely to remain married at least 15 years as those who hadn’t first lived together.

In fact, about 60 percent of couples today are living together before marriage, as compared to 10 percent of couples in the late 1960s. This increase may be due to an increased level of education among couples, as well as changed views of marriage as an institution.

While it is uplifting to hear that marriage is working for some, there will always be the fact that marriage is not the solution for every couple. Many married couples simply are not meant to maintain a relationship with one another for the rest of their lives, and find their lives may improve if they divorce. Pennsylvania couples deserve to be happy and healthy in their relationships, whether that is in a marriage, cohabiting with another or by living apart after settling a divorce.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor, “Cohabitation before marriage? It’s no greater divorce risk.,” March 22, 2012

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