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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Be careful when badmouthing an ex in a divorce settlement

When going through any type of emotional stress, Pittsburgh residents are just as likely as anyone else to want to confide in a friend. The ability to verbalize negative feelings can help one come to terms with what they are feeling. However, in delicate cases such as divorce settlements, laying one’s feelings for other people to ponder may not always be the wisest decision.

Especially when children are involved, this sort of loose-lipped behavior can have consequences. The things told to friends in these times are sometimes angry and even hate-filled. Those feelings come from a place that isn’t always thinking logically. When these statements get back to an ex-spouse, or even children, it isn’t only the other person’s feelings that can be hurt.

It’s well settled that divorcing parents should seek to put their children first, and to make decisions that uphold their kids’ best interests. Of course, this involves decisions involved in child custody agreements, but it is also a part of how parents treat one another. Divorce is a jarring time for children, as well as the parents making the split, and it is known to help if children can continue to see both of their parents as loving and competent influences in their lives.

This doesn’t mean that someone going through a divorce settlement can’t confide in anyone. Choosing one friend, or even a professional, who can be trusted not to pass the information on can be a great help to the healing process. Pittsburgh parents may gain by remembering to keep their focus on what is important, and what will continue to tie them together through their lives post-divorce: their children.

Source: The Huffington Post, “The #1 Reason Not To Be A Divorce Blabbermouth,” David Wygant, Aug. 24, 2012

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