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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Certain characteristics may prevent divorce in Pennsylvania

Marriages are not an exact science, and each couple is different. However, there may be some common characteristics indicating whether a couple is more likely to experience a divorce in the future in Pennsylvania. A recently released study shows that how long a couple dates and income play a significant role in predicting if a couple will stay together.

It turns out that waiting to marry may help to keep a marriage together in the future. The study revealed that dating for a minimum of three years can decrease a couple’s likelihood of divorcing by 39 percent. In other words a couple likely benefits by getting to know one another well before tying the knot.

Since money is a common factor in causing a divorce, it makes sense that it will play a significant role in preventing divorce. The study revealed that earning higher income can decrease a couple’s chances of divorcing. If a spouse earns between $50,000 and $75,000 annually, he or she is 39 percent less likely to divorce. If a spouse makes $100,000 per year, he or she is 42 percent less likely to divorce.

On the other hand, not all married couples in Pennsylvania have all of these characteristics which seem to decrease likelihood of divorce. Also, even if a couple does have all of these characteristics, there is still the possibility of a marriage not working out for one reason or another. In that case, it may be time to file a divorce petition in court in order to settle the legal implications of dissolving the marriage knot.

Source: Today, “Four ways to divorce-proof your marriage“, Scott Stump, Oct. 17, 2014


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