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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Study shows divorce may spread.

Pennsylvania couples may be interested to hear about a new study that indicates that there is a possibility that, when a couple has friends that divorce, they are more likely to divorce as well. The study showed that there is an increase of 75 percent in the risk of a couple getting a divorce if people in the couple’s social network get divorced. Even having a divorced acquaintance can increase the likelihood by 33 percent, according to the research.

Researchers believe their data could provide some insight into why 43 percent of all married couples in the United States divorce before reaching their 15 year anniversary. There may be a flaw with this research, however, due to the fact that the data is based on the Framingham study. The overwhelming majority of the participants in this long running study were not representative of the general population as a whole.

The recent conclusions, however, are based on “network contagion,” a phenomenon that the behavior of peers can affect an individual. There have been many studies regarding this phenomenon with relation to things such as weight and having children. This study may be the first to examine how a person’s social ties affect the longevity of a couple’s marriage.

It could take some time to see whether the trends defined in this study hold true. However, what is true is the approximate percentage of couples around the country and here in Pennsylvania that are getting a divorce. When that happens, it can help to understand what each party’s rights and responsibilities are with regard to issues such as property division, child custody, child support and spousal maintenance/alimony.

Source: theatlanticwire.com, Divorce Can Be Contagious, Alexander Abad-Santos, Oct. 21, 2013

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