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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Pennsylvania divorce: what to do before the wedding, and after

| Oct 26, 2012 | Uncategorized

Divorce is a part of the fabric of Pennsylvania society. The simple truth is that not all marriages last forever. Some statistics indicate that about 25 percent of marriages will be over before the tenth wedding anniversary, while 10 percent will not make it beyond the fifth one. One commentator notes the general disparity in financial circumstances between men and women after divorce, a fact that underscores the need for women to consider the potential impact of a separation occurring down the line. Almost two thirds of men are thought to enjoy a better lifestyle post-divorce, while somewhat more than one third of women will experience that.

As Pennsylvania couples plan to marry, it makes sense that they consider the possibility the marriage will not be forever after. A prenuptial agreement may be the best option to offer financial protection to each party should the marriage dissolve. By addressing these concerns at the beginning of a relationship, there is a greater likelihood that the discussion will be born out of love and a desire to be fair. Indeed, those who approach the task as if they were planning to draft and execute a last will may have the best success.

If a divorce does result, one question that frequently arises is who gets the marital home? A significant number of women say that keeping the home was ultimately a poor decision that they wish they had not made. The expenses of keeping up a property on one income may end up being more than was bargained for. This decision, along with other issues, such as tax considerations and keeping retirement assets in tack, are vital to continued financial security.

While the best approach to confronting the potential for a divorce down the road may be a prenuptial agreement, there are many Pennsylvania couples already married without such a contract. They may benefit from consulting a professional about their rights and responsibilities under our state laws should a divorce occur. For some, a postnuptial agreement may fill the bill, and for others confronting a divorce now, there are options such as mediation or a collaborative effort to resolve financial differences without acrimony.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, “Ruth Hayden on money and divorce,” Emily Kaiser, Oct. 12, 2012

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