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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Financial issues that typically arise in a Pennsylvania divorce

Divorce can be very expensive or cheap, depending on a number of factors. If the parties involved can agree on the terms, or work together to seek agreement on terms that both find acceptable, then the potential financial impact may be lessened. If you cannot agree on anything, and one party appears to be making the process as difficult as possible, the divorce could prove more costly. Assets, any minor children involved and debts owed all factor into the marital dissolution process. Those individuals in Pennsylvania that are confronting these issues have likely already learned of the potential financial pitfalls.

After parents are divorce, work and visitation schedules sometimes become difficult, and the kids are often left in limbo. Funds are often necessary for child care related expenses, some of which may result in income tax savings. Speaking of taxes, a married couple normally pays fewer income taxes than a single person, and it may be important to plan for the possible additional obligations.

Retirement is also a factor that affects finance. A single person is, understandably, the sole contributor to their own retirement planning. To stay on target for the “golden years,” it may be crucial to put more money into a retirement plan after a divorce in order to ensure that sufficient sums will be available when needed. A divorced person is usually the only one contributing to living expenses that were once shared by two people. It may make sense to consult with a financial planning professional in order to make the transition from married to single.

Residents of Pennsylvania may be familiar with the typical costs involved in a divorce and its aftermath. Even if the parties are able to keep the lines of communication open, it may be smart for each to consult with a knowledgeable party. There are many options available to get post-divorce finances in order. Though the transition is not always easy, some may take comfort in realizing they do not have to face these important issues alone. There are a number of options that can be utilized for the asking.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “5 ways divorce could affect your finances,” McClatchy Tribune, April 28, 2013

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