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  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.
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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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Settlement reached Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng divorce

Pennsylvania residents may recall that, at one time, it was possible that media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his soon-to-be ex-wife Wendi Deng would have a very public divorce. However, they recently in court to announce that they had settled their issues and were ready to proceed with the divorce. The court hearing to end their marriage lasted only about 10 minutes.

The couple had both prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, but a large point of contention was the fact that Deng’s two children with Murdoch would not be given voting stakes in Murdoch’s media empire. Reportedly, this made Deng angry enough to derail any chance of an amicable ending of their marriage. However, it is said that her children do have the same economic stakes as Murdoch’s four other children who do have voting rights. Custody arrangements and differences regarding the couple’s homes were also said to have been sticking points.

Fortunately, it seems that Murdoch and Deng were able to work through these issues and reached a settlement, the terms of which are to remain private. Nevertheless, sources indicate that Deng received the couple’s New York apartment, worth nearly $44 million, since it is the children’s primary residence. The parties seem committed to making their children happy.

Many Pennsylvania residents getting a divorce may feel the same way. Children are often an incentive for parents to resolve their differences without courtroom drama. An amicable divorce may be less traumatic for any children who are already having to deal with a multitude of changes and the emotions that go along with them. Committing to do what is necessary to ensure an easy transition for the children may be just the motivation parents need to get through the divorce process with a minimum of confrontations — and that is likely as true for parents who have accumulated millions of dollars worth of assets as it is for others with more modest property division issues.

Source: New York Daily News, Rupert Murdoch reaches divorce settlement with third wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch??, Barbara Ross and Corky Siemaszko, Nov. 20, 2013

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