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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Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

August is Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month in Pennsylvania and across the country. The intention is to help families collect past due support payments. Child support enforcement may include help in locating a noncustodial parent, creating a support order or taking the steps necessary to enforce one already in place. Many people may face situations where the other parent is absent from family life and failing to provide financial help that is a necessity for the children.

A study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau found that 75 percent of noncustodial parents are either uninvolved or have very little contact with their children. Noncustodial parents who have a relationship with their child are more likely to provide the financial support that is necessary for a child to thrive. When parents are disconnected or distant from their offspring, they may have a greater chance of feeling like they are not responsible. Some may try to financially “protest” the custody arrangement through nonpayment. Others may have suffered a substantial change in financial circumstances that renders them unable to meet their support obligation.

Although current research suggests that children develop healthier when they are in relationship with both of their parents, this may not be a tangible reality for all families. When child support is required and a relationship is not established, it may be difficult for a custodial parent to collect. Family law attorneys familiar with Child Support Awareness Month may offer insight and options when considering what the best direction could be for attempting to pursue support enforcement.

A parent who has not received support payments may have to request assistance in enforcing a child support order to try and change the situation. It can be financially straining for a family to survive on one income without help from the other parent. Custodial parents in Pennsylvania who have not received the rightful compensation for their child may find courage to seek professional guidance to help organize and investigate their unique situation. Noncustodial parents who are behind in support payments may benefit from investigating their right to pursue a modification of their legal requirement by a formal petition to the appropriate court.

Source: redbluffdailynews.com, “August is Child Support Awareness Month“, , July 31, 2014

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