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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Child custody gained through improper measures rarely successful

A woman in Pennsylvania successfully rescued her child from another country after he had been missing for about 20 months. Her son had been kidnapped in 2011 by his father. The couple was divorced, and he illegally attempted to gained child custody. After utilizing $100,000 to seek her son, she finally has him back home. The ex-husband is currently wanted by federal authorities for forgery.

The ex-husband kidnapped his son after convincing his ex-wife to bring the boy to the father’s native land. While traveling around that country, the father abducted the son and left the mother on the side of a road. Her son was gone without a trace, and she had to leave the country without him.

The woman put her life on the line by disguising herself as a local and went undercover. She retrieved her son and utilized the services of American diplomats in efforts to safely return home with him. After more than a year and a half of being missing, the boy was back into the custody of his mother in Pennsylvania.

Child custody is often a polarizing issue that, sometimes, ends of in court. Taking extra-judicial measures to gain child custody is risky and rarely turns out well for the parent or child. They could result in criminal charges, jail time and little to no interaction with the child or children involved. In order to preserve parental rights, the parties involved need to know their options. If a mutual decision cannot be worked out, someone with knowledge on the matter may be helpful.

Source: inquisitor.com, “Pennsylvania Mom Rescues Kidnapped Son In Egypt,” April 25, 2013

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