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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Things people in Pennsylvania need to know about divorce

Ending a marriage is one of the most emotional experiences a person will ever go through. There are a multitude of books and other self-help mediums available to help people in Pennsylvania deal with the trauma of divorce. However, only someone who has been through it can share some things.

Even the person that files for divorce can be devastated by it. After the divorce is final and both parties have moved on, there can still be the faintest trace of sadness. The good news, however, is that the sadness and guilt do eventually fade, and one day, the parties will look back and realize the pain is fleeting and could possibly be gone forever.

Many people look back on the process and realize that they should have done it sooner. How quickly a person comes to that realization may depend on whether they choose to be bitter about the divorce or feel better that the ordeal is over. However, in those times when someone feels like a failure, he or she needs to remember that it can get better and often does — it just takes time.

Even when a Pennsylvania couple mutually agrees to the divorce, there may still be an emotional backlash to confront. It may help to do what it takes to work together in order to achieve a mutually satisfactory divorce settlement. This can make looking back on this time in a couple’s lives less painful. Sitting down and addressing as many material issues as possible in the beginning can keep conflicts from arising later that can keep the emotional wounds from healing and possibly interfere with the parties from being able to move on with their lives.

Source: Huffington Post, 14 Things No One Tells You About Divorce, No author, Nov. 11, 2013

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