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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Pittsburgh women can be financially prosperous after divorce

When Pittsburgh women get divorced, their financial future is one of their top concerns. Some women can suffer financially post divorce, finding themselves independent without a job and without many of the shared marital finances they had relied on. Others, though, find themselves better off in their finances after a divorce.

A study by Spectrem Group, a financial consulting firm, reveals that 62 percent of divorced women who are considered high-income feel that they benefited financially from their divorce. The top financial change these women, with assets of at least $1 million, experienced was an increase in financial literacy.

Many times, women traditionally allowed their husbands to oversee finances during a marriage, from income to bills to investments. As these women divorce, they are forced to gain an understanding of their finances — both during settlement negotiations and later when they are on their own. Many report that this allowed them to plan and invest smartly so that they may continue to grow their assets after divorce.

Not all post-divorce women have this same experience, though. As compared to women considered high-income, those with less than a $1-million net worth were not as financially stable after ending a marriage. This is understandable, considering women with a higher income have more financial means to survive on their own. Even so, all women — regardless of their net worth — can still benefit from being financially literate.

Whether a Pittsburgh woman faces financial prosperity or financial disparity after divorce, finances shouldn’t be a deterrent to ending a marriage that doesn’t work. When a woman or a man is financially literate and understands how to take care of themselves, they are likely to make the transition to single life successfully. It should not be forgotten, as well, the benefits of ensuring one receives their fair share of the marital assets during divorce negotiations. And that may well depend on becoming financially savvy concerning the present and future value of each item to be divided.

Source: Fox Business, “Why Women Are Financially Better Off After Divorce,” July 16, 2012

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