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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Positive co-parenting in shared child custody is important

Pennsylvania parents may agree that parenting can be hard enough when parents are married and living together. This takes on a whole new level of difficulty when parents divorce and find themselves saddled with stressed, negative emotions toward their ex-spouse while also adjusting to a whole new lifestyle. Even with the fairest child custody agreement, these feelings can still exist between ex-spouses, and can often hold negative consequences for the children involved.

With the stresses of a divorce still hanging between a newly separated couple, it can be difficult to put those feelings aside to work together. However, a positive child custody agreement, coupled with positive parenting ideals, can work together to uphold the best interests of a child.

In order to attempt to do this, parents may mutually benefit by agreeing upon parenting methods that will remain consistent and similar between households, regularly communicate with their ex-spouse in a positive way to discuss their children’s and their needs, and act in a manner that reflects positively on themselves as well as on their ex-spouse. When a parent works to maintain positive opinions about the other parent among their children, relationships are able to function much more smoothly post-divorce.

Co-parenting through divorce is a significant change for Pennsylvania parents, and can often be a struggle to maintain. However, in the same manner of a child custody agreement, co-parenting should always seek to promote the best interests of the children involved. This positivity and cooperation often all begins with a fair and peacefully settled custody agreement.

Source: Psychology Today, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Co-Parenting Well,” Deborah Serani, March 28, 2012

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