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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Is a collaborative law divorce harder for Pennsylvania couples?

People in Pennsylvania will often talk about wanting to have an amicable divorce without really understanding just challenging being “amicable” can be for a relationship in which tensions are running high. It can be a lot of work for a couple to get a collaborative law divorce. Fortunately, it may also be the most rewarding form of divorce.

Traditional Pennsylvania divorces that involve courtroom battles can wreak havoc on families that are already going through what is undoubtedly one of the most difficult processes they will ever have to go through. Then there is the fact that a third party has the power to make decisions that will affect the family’s future. Collaborative divorce allows a couple to work together to come to a settlement agreement that is more tailor-made for the family involved.

However, doing the work isn’t always a walk in the park for the couple. After all, there is a reason they are getting divorced, and having to sit down and work together may not be at the top of either party’s list of favorite things to do. That’s why a collaborative divorce provides the couple with a team of professionals that includes counselors, financial consultants and attorneys. The team helps the couple get through the negotiations and keep focused on the goal, which is to come to a settlement that leaves both parties feeling they were treated fairly.

A collaborative law divorce isn’t for everyone, however. If the balance of power in a relationship seems to swing more toward one party over the other, the process may not work. Before diving into a collaborative divorce, both parties may benefit from gaining an understanding of the process and evaluating whether it will be the best course of action for both spouses. Ultimately, both parties must educate themselves in order to make an informed decision as to whether the couple will be able to work together despite their differences.

Source: US News and World Report, Why a Collaborative Divorce Makes Financial Sense, Geoff Williams, Aug. 19, 2013

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