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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 social media help Pennsylvania parents collect child support?

Custodial parents in Pennsylvania often require child support to provide a stable life for their child and guarantee that necessities are available. When financial obligations are not met by the responsible party, a parent may question his or her ability to collect and provide for the children. Facebook and other online social media outlets may have the ability to reveal if a parent is able to uphold their child support responsibility or if they are simply choosing not to do so.

A recent report revealed the actions of a non-custodial parent responsible for providing child support to his young son, who has also purportedly met only the minimum requirements to avoid jail time. The custodial parent of the little boy claims to have received a bare minimum of $189 total in the three years of the child’s life. What makes the support dilemma difficult for the child and his mother is his ongoing battle with leukemia. The cost of care for a young child with cancer can be astronomical.

Although the father has failed to provide support to his son through the medical expenses and cancer treatments, reports claim that the man has placed information online about his income. The father reportedly made public statements about high-income earnings on his Facebook profile. The information shared by the man online has contributed to the felony charges he is now facing for not providing child support when capable.

A Pennsylvania parent may feel anger and injustice when discovering that the non-custodial parent is not providing financial assistance when they are able. Reports indicate that Facebook and other social media may help some families who have not received their court-determined child support to investigate and petition for the money that is owed. Some adults may seek out professional help to gain information about a non-custodial parent who has become delinquent with support payments.

Source: kfor.com, “Parents not paying child support get busted because of Facebook posts“, , July 18, 2014

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