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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A Pennsylvania divorce may be better for the kids

Many Pennsylvania couples come to the realization that they are no longer in love and their marriage has run its course. If there are children involved, parents face the dilemma between staying together for the sake of the children or getting a divorce. Ending a marriage is a difficult choice, but could prove to be better for the children in the long run.

Children are often more perceptive than their parents may realize. When a couple is staying together for their children, they may know that something is wrong regardless of the couple’s best efforts to put on a happy face in front of them. Even if children are spared having to listen to their parents argue, they still may feel the tension and oppressive atmosphere that can be created when a couple has fallen out of love.

Inevitably, these sour feelings can end up being inadvertently directed at the children. It is only human nature for some of the negative feelings a person has toward his or her spouse to leach out against the children. Furthermore, a part of each parent could end up resenting the children since they are the reason the couple has not divorced.

Considering these reasons, divorce may be the better option when a Pennsylvania couple is contemplating what is best for their children. While the initial pain and confusion may be unavoidable, parents who are happy after going through a divorce could have a positive impact on their children’s emotions. Just because a couple is no longer married does not mean they stop being good parents.

Many couples these days are able to put aside their marital issues in favor of making their divorce as easy and comfortable for their children as possible. Devising an adequate custody agreement can significantly lower the level of potential emotional adjustments that the children may have to make. Proper planning for all the potential aspects of a divorce can ultimately result in a better future for both parents and children.

Source: The Huffington Post, 5 Reasons Kids From Unhappy Homes Say It’s Better To Divorce Than Stay Married, No author, Jan. 27, 2014

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