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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Minimizing the emotional roller coaster of a Pennsylvania divorce

Making the decision to divorce can sometimes feel like deciding to wade through a cage full of wild dogs. However, it does not have to be that way. Many Pennsylvania couples feel as if they are powerless through the divorce process, but the opposite is true.

Each party has to decide for him- or herself how the divorce will progress. If one or both parties fight the divorce and hold things up by arguing over everything, the divorce will take a lot of time, money and energy. In the end, it is rare that either party walks away satisfied under those circumstances. Therefore, refusing to make everything a battle could move things along more quickly, which is good for everyone involved.

One of the major stressors in a divorce is that it feels all-consuming. This can be confronted by taking time to go somewhere and do something outside of the normal routine that has nothing to do with the divorce. Stepping away can provide some much-needed perspective, which could keep settlement negotiations on the right track before they degrade into acrimony. The divorce process is temporary, and it will be over at some point. How long it takes and how it ends depends on the parties.

No magic solution exists for every Pennsylvania resident going through a divorce. However, any activity or train of thought that allows the parties to get off the emotional roller coaster in a positive way is worth a try. The divorce settlement is more about how the parties will start their separate lives than it is about punishing each other for the past. When the parties are able to see that, a settlement should be easier to reach.

Source: The Huffington Post, “5 Tips to Keeping Your Sanity in the Divorce Process“, Debbie Burgin, June 20, 2014

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