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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Marriage advice can also save negotiations in a divorce mediation

Many Pennsylvania couples look for advice from any source available to help save their marriage, and for some, the right advice comes along and the marriage continues. For others, the advice may work for a short time, but the couple ultimately makes the difficult decision to get a divorce. However, not all that marriage advice has to go to waste since it may help to successfully complete divorce mediation.

For instance, knowing a healthier way to fight can make negotiations much smoother. Both parties want to walk away from the table satisfied that the process was fair and the divorce settlement is equitable. For that to happen, several issues need to be resolved before a settlement agreement can be considered complete. Each of those issues needs the parties’ undivided attention as they are dealt with.

Both sides should have input into each issue as well. This is the time when confrontations can arise if the parties are not careful. Taking the time to listen to the other party and then calmly and respectfully discuss the issue can lead to a resolution. Allowing the negotiations to degrade into name calling and arguing will only make things worse. The divorce process is the last major event the parties will go through as a married couple and working together to get through it amicably is possible.

One of the benefits of Pennsylvania divorce mediation is having a neutral party available to help quell any confrontations before they send the couple to the courtroom. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as taking a break before things get out of control. Once the parties cool down, negotiations can resume. After all of the compromises are made and the settlement is signed, the parties can look forward to moving into their individual futures.

Source: The Huffington Post, Marriage Boot Camp: How To Avoid Divorce, Jim and Elizabeth Carroll, March 7, 2014

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