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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How can you protect your privacy during a divorce?

Divorce can come with a lot of stress and bitter feelings for many Pennsylvania couples. With such resentful feelings in a time where cooperation may be crucial, one may feel the need for privacy in their life and their finances in regard to their former spouse. There may be some cases where privacy is necessary from a particularly snooping ex-spouse, but in other cases it may just lead to a peace of mind needed in the upheaval of a divorce.

Much of what divorcing couples can do to keep their privacy are things that one may ultimately do anyway after going through a divorce. Setting up your own accounts, credit cards, and cellphone contracts may keep finances private from a former spouse. Professionals also recommend considering less important accounts such as frequent flier accounts and diner’s club cards when it comes to privacy. It is also good to redirect mail to a new address or mailbox.

Some couples may also find it beneficial to ensure certain valuables, like jewelry or family heirlooms, are out of the hands of a potentially angry spouse by placing these items in a safe deposit box that has limited access. Additionally, some may feel safer changing passwords to their social media sites, email accounts, and cellphones, especially if their former spouse may have access to these things. While one’s former spouse may not be so hurt or angry to take vengeful action, it might make one feel more comfortable to make these changes.

When going through a divorce, cooperation can often be the key to settling things in a peaceful and efficient manner. Pennsylvania couples experiencing a divorce may be able to achieve this by feeling their privacy is being upheld.

Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce: Keeping Your New Life Private,” Brendan Lyle, June 1, 2012

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