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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Are Pennsylvania couples waiting for January to file for divorce?

By this time of year, many Pennsylvania couples that are heading for divorce make the conscious decision to put it off until January. Not many couples want to ruin Christmas for friends and family with the announcement of an impending divorce. Notwithstanding the desire to avoid negative connotations for the holidays, there are three popular reasons couples wait for the new year.

January is viewed as a time of renewal when everyone has the chance to begin again. Practically, starting a divorce shortly after New Years could guarantee the divorce will be final before the holidays roll around again. This could give everyone involved, including the children, time to adjust to new circumstances.

Financially, January makes sense for many people. The end of one year and beginning of the next provides a clear delineation for financial reasons. Many people receive end of year account statements that can help with property division. In addition, any year-end bonuses can be counted in the couple’s assets.

Tax considerations also influence a couple’s choice to end their marriage after the new year. It is often easier to devise a tax plan when the prior year is closed out for accounting purposes. Completing the divorce as early in the year as possible may also allow the parties the opportunity to maximize their tax deductions for that year.

It is rarely ever a good time to announce a Pennsylvania divorce. However, there may be a time that is strategic for the parties’ financial goals. For this and other more emotional reasons, January has become one of the most popular months of the year to file for divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, Three Reasons Why January May Be the Best Time to File for Divorce, Bari Zell Weinberger, Dec. 11, 2013

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