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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Reasons not to resent paying child support

There are many noncustodial parents in Pennsylvania that resent having to give a check to their ex-spouse every month. It can be easy to forget that the custodial parent doesn’t only have his or herself to take care of, but is also taking care of the children. Child support gives custodial parents the extra money they need in order to maintain a household for the children.

During the marriage, both parents were contributing to the household. Once that marriage is over and the parties divorce, each parent has to set up a new household with somewhere around half of the money that the marital household had to work with. Each parent will have the same expenses, except the parent that is housing, feeding and clothing the children on a full time basis has those extra expenses.

For some parents, this is the also first time they have worked outside the home for many years. Getting a job that will cover all of the household expenses can be a challenge. When a family has enjoyed a certain standard of living, it can be difficult to adjust after a divorce.

These are just some of the reasons that child support is essential for custodial parents. It may be difficult at times to write that child support check each month, but perhaps it would help to think of it as a financial contribution to the children, not the ex-spouse or ex-partner. Noncustodial parents may not be entitled to an accounting of where the money is going, but if financial circumstances change, parents that pay child support may be relieved to know that the Pennsylvania courts can revisit a child support order and make appropriate modifications based upon the facts.

Source: Huffington Post, Child Support: Why He Can’t Stand Giving You That Check Every Month, Jackie Pilossoph, Sept. 30, 2013

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