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 divorce: Can you get along with your ex?

The media has the tendency to portray divorced couples as never having anything to do with each other once the divorce is final. Even when couples with children are portrayed, there is only minimal contact and it’s only about the children. Many Pennsylvania couples that have been or are going through a divorce know that it doesn’t have to be that way.

No one would say that divorced couples have to be best friends. However, there are many circumstances — including a couple being parents — that will require a couple to at least be able to work together. Even in the midst of the pain and anger of divorce, it may be possible to remember the good things about an estranged partner that originally brought the couple together.

There are certainly a lot of reasons to resent a soon-to-be ex-spouse, but there are also hundreds if not thousands of reasons to get along. Contentious divorces that are motivated by revenge or retribution are almost always expensive and time consuming. Furthermore, at the end of it all, there is no guarantee that the parties will feel better.

For some Pennsylvania couples, it may feel like grasping at straws to remember the good things about a partner during a divorce. But being able to put aside the negative emotions that are almost certainly involved in ending a marriage can only help begin the healing for both parties. In addition to that, being able to work together can end with a divorce settlement that both parties agree to and believe is fair and equitable.

Source: Huffington Post, “5 Reasons to Get Along With Your Ex,” Susan Campos, June 19, 2013

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