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 collaborative divorce a kinder, gentler dissolution

Over the years, the first call traditionally made by someone seeking to end their Pennsylvania marriage was to a litigation attorney. Once both sides were armed with lawyers prepared to fight on their behalf, they all headed off to a courtroom to do battle. This type of divorce is typically seen as costly and often depicted as a scorched earth approach to marital dissolution. Collaborative divorce, on the other hand, offers a different method of untying the knot, one that is based on the premise that the parties cooperate to find amicable solutions to the financial and other issues confronting them.

Those that choose to proceed with a collaborative divorce begin by signing an agreement. They acknowledge that neither will seek court intervention. They typically employ attorneys specially trained in the collaborative technique, along with other professionals such as therapists, appraisers and financial advisers. If the parties ultimately decide to disband the cooperative effort and head to court, the lawyers they used during collaboration cannot be part of any subsequent litigation.

The focus is on teamwork. Rather than hiring competing appraisers to instigate a battle over values, one appraiser is normally employed to provide an impartial and comprehensive valuation. When minor children are involved, therapists are often used to help smooth the emotional tug of war that sometimes accompanies child custody and child support issues. A team of financial experts can help the parties address the economic issues and fashion a fair agreement regarding property division and related divorce topics.

A Pennsylvania divorce does not have to be acrimonious. By using alternative dispute resolution techniques like a collaborative divorce or mediation, much of the sting can be removed from the process. Since the parties are in greater control of the proceedings, these options for ending a marriage are often less costly and less stressful. In the end, the parties are in a better position to move forward without being weighed down by the unnecessary financial and emotional baggage that sometimes accompanies divorce litigation.

Source: wltx.com, “Collaborative Divorce Offers Options To Court Battles,” Maura Ammenheuser, March 21, 2013


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