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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New relationships can affect Pittsburgh spousal support, custody

The stress of going through a divorce is well-known, and while much of this dissipates after a settlement is finalized, divorced Pittsburgh residents know the stress can continue long after a split. With spousal support and child support payments, ex-spouses can remain tied to one another long after divorce. When children are involved, too, former spouses might continue to be in each other’s lives for the benefit of their children, which can cause problems for parents looking to move on in their lives.

One thing common among most divorced individuals is dating. This is natural and common, but many divorced individuals are unaware of the issues that moving forward with a new relationship can bring. Not only does this involve the typical relationship decisions involved when a couple wants to take the next step and move in together, but making this move can affect support and child custody agreements.

When a divorce settlement is made, there may or may not have been provisions included to adjust to new family arrangements. In some cases, combining households with a new partner could affect spousal support. In terms of child custody, a parent may need permission from a former spouse to move children into a new family situation or into a city or school district.

Considering things such as future spousal support and custody issues when forming a divorce settlement is beneficial, but it is understandable that this isn’t always on someone’s mind when they’re focused on more immediate changes. Understanding the provisions of one’s divorce settlement will make the transition easier for most Pittsburgh residents in this situation. When amendments need to be made in the case of children and custody, cooperation between former spouses can make the process easier.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Dating After Divorce: Should You Move In Together?,” Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Aug 7, 2012

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