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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Setting post-divorce boundaries for Pennsylvania parents

As most Pennsylvania married couples know, during a marriage, there are often very few boundaries between spouses. When that marriage ends, it can be hard to put boundaries back into place. However, it is an essential part of the divorce process, especially if the couple has children and will continue to have close contact after the divorce is final.

As the divorce progresses, both parties will discover what boundaries are important to each party. For instance, one party may realize that a phone call before just dropping in would be appreciated. Any behavior that makes one partner feel uncomfortable now that the marriage is over needs to be addressed. This is a brand new relationship that is being forged, and both parties should be satisfied with how it will be conducted.

Boundaries between the parties may move several times before they become comfortable. Hopefully, the parties will be able to discuss their needs when it comes to boundaries without anger or yelling. After all, those old behaviors weren’t formed in a day, and new ones won’t be either.

When the divorce process is predicated on a respect for the boundaries of each party, it can go much more smoothly. Decisions and compromises may be easier to make as well. Every Pennsylvania couple may decide that it would be beneficial to use the divorce settlement as a road map and “code of conduct” between the parties now that the marriage is over. Putting those boundaries into writing can make them more real and highlight their importance to each party.

Source: goodmenproject.com, “10 Tips: Divorce For Grownups,” Kate Bartolotta, July 22, 2013

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