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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Couples can use the divorce process to be better parents

Regardless of what happens in a relationship between two people, if they have children together, they will likely always be connected. When a Pennsylvania marriage ends, the feelings of anger, resentment and hurt do not usually go away overnight, which can cause additional stress on the children as the divorce proceeds. Fortunately, the parents can use the process to their advantage.

The negotiation process can help a couple foster the cooperative spirit needed in order to co-parent. The parties may need to compromise on issues, which is — undoubtedly — a valuable skill for parents. Coming to an agreement could also require both individuals to put aside their negative feelings for each other in order to achieve an agreement that is fair and equitable.

Parents can structure a parenting agreement in such a way that the children will receive consistent care and discipline, regardless of which home the children are residing at that particular moment. Not only does this provide the children with the stability they need and deserve, but it also can give each parent the peace of mind that the children perceive neither of them as the “bad guy.” The agreement can also provide the parents with guidelines for dealing with any conflicts that could arise.

Some Pennsylvania couples focus solely on the difficulties they confront in the divorce process. However, these proceedings can be an opportunity for two parents to redefine their relationship in order to continue to effectively parent their children after the divorce is final. This could give the whole family the best possible start to their new lives.

Source: The Huffington Post, “11 Things All Divorced Parents Need To Hear“, Brittany Wong, May 21, 2014

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