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.

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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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Pennsylvania divorce: Think long term financially

By its very nature, a Pennsylvania divorce involves a division of income and assets while each party plans for a new life without their partner. Typically, the parties each retain an attorney and try to come to terms on a settlement, but other issues are in play as well. For one, some people confronting a divorce have an urge to spend, as if some new clothes or gifts for the kids will make everyone feel better. While it is important to pay attention to one’s feelings, some note it is more important to focus on personal finances as they relate to the road ahead.

In the typical Pennsylvania divorce, each party may confront the future with less income. A two-income household often becomes a one-income household. Those that spent freely while married, especially before the recession hit, may now find that funds previously available for dinners out and trips to the movies are no longer there.

One suggestion by some is to plan not only for the divorce on the immediate horizon but for the financial future ahead. Hiring a financial advisor may be an important step. It also may mean negotiating a divorce settlement with an understanding of what it will take financially to survive on one’s own.

These are not cookie cutter issues. Those confronting a divorce in Pennsylvania may benefit from seeking the right advice to help with examining the current financial circumstances of a marriage and to take stock of what the future will hold economically. Being aware of those two crucial factors may go a long ways toward achieving a settlement that is both fair and envisions the new life to come.

Source: Detroit Free Press, “Before divorce, get financially prepared,” Hadley Malcolmusa, Sept. 11, 2012

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