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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Complex divorce: keep your credit rating

Although a divorce alone will not ruin an individual’s credit, there are certain financial issues that if left unsolved can have a large impact. In a complex divorce, these issues can often be overlooked by Pennsylvania couples who are looking to come to a resolution of their divorce quickly. With a little care, however, these financial oversights do not need to have long lasting effects.

The manner in which money is handled during and after the divorce is crucial in maintaining a strong credit rating. The first place to look when determining the financial responsibilities of both parties is the final divorce decree. This judgment of divorce in many cases will outline which party is responsible for paying off certain jointly held debts.

Although the divorce order is helpful, this order does not necessarily eliminate the nonpaying spouse’s exposure on certain joint debts. Many couples take out joint credit cards during the marriage and, if they are not diligent in addressing this issue during the divorce, may still be liable if the other spouse fails to pay the bill. By having one of the name taken off the account, this can eliminate the risk of such a problem arising in the future.

Although the final divorce order signifies the termination of a marriage, this does not always terminate the complex divorce issues that may arise after the judge signs it. By taking a careful and calculated approach to all of the financial issues and by seeking the right advice as to how these matters can be properly addressed, Pennsylvania couples can avoid being victimized by credit damage on accounts their spouse is obligated to pay. The best method for achieving this is to keep one’s current and future credit rating in mind while negotiating a divorce agreement.

Source: MSN Money, “How divorce affects your credit,” Aug. 9, 2012

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