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 couples can benefit from a speedy divorce settlement

Pittsburgh readers of this blog have likely not been able to escape news of one of the country’s latest celebrity divorces: the split between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. In latest news, many are impressed by the speed in which this former couple settled their divorce. While this is nearly unheard of in celebrity divorces, this sort of quick divorce settlement is a growing trend among divorcing couples.

The benefits of avoiding long, drawn-out divorce battles aren’t difficult to see. Primarily, it’s much less stressful to the couple making the split. When couples can agree and discuss peacefully their settlement, and end the process quickly, they are able to move on. This means less emotional strain for the former spouses, and allows any involved children to transition into their new family lives much easier as well.

Moving on into a new life quicker, as well, minimizes emotional stress. Couples divorce for a reason, and the freedom that comes in post-divorce is what many of these individuals are seeking. Being able to move on quickly and with as little pain as possible can keep one out of the negative emotions divorce proceedings can bring out and into the recovery that can follow.

Other benefits to getting through a divorce settlement include money and court costs, as may be obvious to many Pittsburgh couples who are considering or have gone through divorce. Whether former spouses hold a lot of angry feelings or feel they are able to interact peacefully through the divorce process, they can all benefit from attempting to work together with fewer battles. This doesn’t mean that a couple should zip through their divorce process simply to be done with it, but that taking the time to minimize conflict can make the process much easier.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Make Divorce Settlement Not War,” Lois Tartar, July 18, 2012


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