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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Can a friend’s divorce cause a Pennsylvania couple to split up?

Nearly every married couple in Pennsylvania spends at least some time examining their marriage. It is nearly impossible to live with someone and not have an occasional issue with each other. A recent study says that this introspection may lead to divorce if a family member or friend gets divorced.

Researchers are likening this phenomenon to a contagious disease. It can be inferred that this social contagion is a driving force behind the country’s high divorce rate. People superimpose the situation of a friend or loved one onto their own marriages, and problems can arise that previously were not there.

When listening to a friend explain why he or she is getting a divorce, it can be easy to apply his or her reasoning to one’s own marriage. In fact, the data gathered for the recent study indicates that 75 percent of couples who have a divorced friend end up divorced as well. If that person is a friend of a friend, the percentage of divorces decreases to only 33 percent.

With a national divorce rate of nearly 50 percent, it could be difficult to find any couple who does not know someone who is divorced. It may be an oversimplification to say that Pennsylvania couples are basically copying their friends and family. Every couple has real issues that are unique to their marriage. When those issues are serious enough, seeing another person end their marriage successfully could give someone the courage needed to do the same.

For many, the decision to divorce may not be as important as how they go through the process. If there are children involved, the parties are going to be connected through them for the rest of their lives. Taking the time to work together and come to a mutually satisfying divorce settlement could give the parties the best chance at continuing to be the best parents they can be, even if they are no longer together.

Source: CBS New York, “New Study Says Divorce Can Be Contagious“, , April 30, 2014

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