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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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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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Kim Kardashian divorce ends in settlement to avoid litigation

Once the breakup of the marriage between reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian and professional basketball player Kris Humphries became public, the media made a habit of reporting all of the latest happenings in the court proceedings. Most people in Pennsylvania will remember countless stories regarding the divorce, which is now finally coming to an end. However, before litigation could begin, the two sides reached an agreement to the terms of the divorce. Attorneys from both sides announced to the court judge in mid-April that they had reached a settlement.

The judge presiding over the case is expected to accept the settlement deal between the estranged husband and wife sometime in June. The judge expressed gratitude to both sides for being able to find common ground and avoid a lengthy litigation process. According to reports, the terms of the settlement were reached after a meeting between the two parties which lasted approximately three hours.

After only being married for 72 days, Kardashian petitioned for divorce and stated irreconcilable differences as the reason for wanting to end the marriage. The specific terms agreed to in the settlement have yet to be released to the public. Humphries has largely avoided speaking about his divorce. However he did state that the divorce did not distract him from concentrating on playing professional basketball.

Many times, it is preferable to come to an agreement outside of court in order to avoid a lengthy divorce hearing in Pennsylvania or in any other state. However, in some cases the two sides are not able to find common ground. This means that issues regarding property division, alimony and other aspects must be decided through litigation. By properly researching Pennsylvania divorce law, spouses may be able to better prepare for a successful future going forward as a single person.

Source: New York Post, “Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries reach divorce settlement,” Richard Johnson, April 19, 2013

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