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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Financial considerations important in divorce in Pennsylvania

Marriage is about more than just love; finances can play a significant role in the success of the institution. Just as the health of a marriage can be dependent upon a couple’s financial situation, the financial outcome of a divorce can have a huge impact on the futures of the former spouses. Unfortunately, poor decisions commonly made during the divorce process often result in Pennsylvania divorcees suffering financial woes for years afterward. This is especially common in couples who are divorcing after spending many years together.

In many mid-life divorces, spouses tend to put importance on keeping the home during negotiations concerning property division. However, many times the spouse who wishes to retain the home does not realize the expenses associated with ownership. In some cases, it will be better for the home to be sold, and the profits split. This may be particularly true if the couple’s children are grown, and the home is larger than what one spouse needs.

Also, spouses often allow their emotions to control too much of the decision-making process during a divorce. This commonly causes spouses to make the litigation more contentious than necessary, resulting in additional expenses. On the other hand, it may also be a good idea to not be too accommodating when negotiating and litigating. For instance, if a husband or wife helped put his or her spouse through medical school, he or she may want to consider asking for spousal support or a portion of his or her partner’s medical practice’s profits.

For Pennsylvania couples divorcing in mid-life, there are certain special considerations that must be made. The combination of looming retirement and years of joint accounts and investments makes it very important to ensure that a couple’s finances are divided in a way that does not result in one spouse facing financial difficulties after the divorce is finalized. By seeking the help of professionals, both legal and financial, those wishing to divorce in mid-life can ensure that their interests are protected.

Source: Bloomberg, “The Mid-Life Divorce: Don’t Get Taken, Don’t Get Even“, Ben Steverman, Nov. 10, 2014

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