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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Getting the kids through a Pennsylvania divorce

When a marriage ends, there are inevitably feelings of anger, resentment and sadness. Making sure those feelings have as little effect on the children as possible isn’t always easy. However, there are things that Pennsylvania parents can do to help their children through the divorce.

Children like to feel safe. Knowing that they are not losing one or both parents can help maintain a sense of security for the children during the divorce process. Giving this security to the children may be more difficult for some parents than others.

A divorce won’t ever change the fact that the two parties will always be parents. This is one of the biggest reasons to strive to make sure that both parents have enough contact with the children. This may require parents to put aside their feelings for each other and focus on the needs of the children.

It may be helpful to avoid having disagreements about the divorce, the children or anything else, especially in front of the children. Making a pact to be considerate of each other’s opinions and have respectful conversations can eliminate the possibility of arguments. As challenging as it can be at times, not speaking negatively about the other parent or becoming involved in a conflict between a child and the other parent may help keep the communication between the parents civil.

As all Pennsylvania families are aware, going through a divorce does not just involve the couple, but the whole family. Discovering how to maintain some semblance of family for the children after the parents are no longer together can be arduous. However, when the dust settles and everyone is once again moving forward with their lives, the benefits of these early interactions may be felt by everyone. Those couples who find they cannot reach amicable agreements may need to litigate certain issues in a family law court.

Source: Huffington Post, Navigating Loyalty in Divorce, Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz, Sept. 17, 2013

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