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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More spent on wedding rings, more likelihood of divorce

Diamonds are known for being durable and long-lasting. This is why the stone is most commonly used for engagement rings and wedding rings in Pennsylvania as well as any other state. However, what is surprising is that it has been found that the more a person spends on his or her wedding ring, the more likely the marriage will end in divorce.

A study recently released data on the relationship between what a person spends on a wedding ring or engagement ring and how long a marriage lasts. The university study was conducted by the school’s department of economics and was released in September. The researchers looked at data collected from more than 3,000 survey participants.

The study excluded same-sex marriages as well as couples over the age of 60. They also excluded participants who filled out their questionnaires in two minutes or less and also responded inconsistently regarding their partner’s age. It turns out that married couples that spend $20,000 on their rings have a 46 percent increased likelihood of experiencing a divorce. On the other hand, couples who decide to spend within $1,000 and $5,000 on a ring are 18 percent less likely to have the marriage end in divorce later.

Ultimately, whether somebody spends a lot on a wedding ring, if a married couple in Pennsylvania decides to divorce, there will definitely be more than jewelry at stake. During the divorce, the couple may have to work out property division, spousal support and, many times, child custody issues. However, with knowledge of the law, one can increase the chances of a favorable outcome.

Source: New York Post, “The pricier the ring, the likelier the divorce“, Oct. 15, 2015


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