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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Don’t let your emotions rule a Pennsylvania divorce

A Pennsylvania divorce is typically difficult under the best of circumstances. Emotions run high, and it is easy to allow them to overtake common sense. Sometimes, one party is fighting to save the marriage while the other is already in the midst of starting divorce proceedings. Efforts to save a marriage are certainly laudable, though it is also important to recognize when the time for reconciliation has passed.

People respond to their feelings in different ways. Some may get caught up in the legal details of a marital dissolution as a means of avoiding emotions they do not yet want to confront. Others may be so intent on their feelings that they have difficulty distinguishing the forest from the trees. When the decision to let go has been made, it is also best to limit emotional exchanges that could ultimately be viewed by a court as harassment. Moreover, it is generally accepted that the parties should avoid involving minor children in the details surrounding marital discord.

Some individuals with a divorce pending leap into the dating pool. Those that do so while still recovering from the turmoil of a marriage often bring unresolved feelings into a new relationship. For that reason, many of those budding romances quickly lose their bloom. Therapy and other activities designed for self healing may be a better approach and also lead to a smoother divorce proceeding.

An inevitable part of every divorce proceeding is dealing with legal issues like property division, child custody, child support and spousal maintenance. Understandably, these are difficult problems to confront. Those Pennsylvania spouses that are able to rein in their emotions and focus on working together to achieve a fair result may find that they can do so with a minimum of acrimony.

Source: Huffington Post, “The 5 Worst Mistakes We Make During A Divorce,” Dr. Jeff Gardere, Feb. 20, 2013

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