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 Hotels may come to the US, but is it a good option?

Many Pennsylvania couples who have gone through or are considering going through the process of divorce may share the sentiment of wishing the process was shorter and less complicated. One international businessman has taken this wish and put it into action, creating a line of what are dubbed “Divorce Hotels” where a couple can check in married and check out divorced in the course of a weekend.

Now, it is said that he wants to bring this concept to the United States. While this may sound like a dream come true for some couples, many individuals are finding much to be wrong about this concept.

For many couples, a divorce is not something that can be fit into a spare weekend. There may be large amounts of assets involved that take time to sort through fairly. If there are children between the couple, child custody and child support agreements must be worked out and given an amount of consideration that supports the best interests of the children. Additionally, many couples find they are not on the most amicable of terms with their future former spouse and must deal with disagreements and disputes that are not always quickly or easily resolved.

Divorce can be a stressful experience for many couples in Pennsylvania, and many may agree that a divorcing couple shouldn’t be pressed to work the entire process into only a few days. It is often found to be beneficial for couples to take time to consider all options, and fully discuss each aspect of their divorce to ensure each spouse is treated fairly. The concept of getting it over with quickly may be a dream, but may never be the most beneficial option for a couple wishing to have a settlement agreement they can rely on.

Source: The New York Times, “The Divorce Hotel, a True Weekend Getaway,” Janet Morrissey, May 26, 2012

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