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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We help end custody disputes by standing up for parents’ rights

It’s no secret that fathers usually play a huge role in the lives of their children. Although, historically, men in Pennsylvania may have only been awarded a weekend or two every month, fathers are now just as entitled to access to their children as their ex is. Despite the elevation of equal parental rights in custody disputes, we know that some men still may not be aware of what they are actually entitled to.

Even if a soon-to-be ex threatens to take the kids away, both parents initially have the right to roughly 50 percent custody. While extenuating circumstances can affect this and of course do from time to time, these usually involve claims of domestic violence or abuse. In the absence of such claims, gaining full custody is unlikely for either parent.

However, it is still important to establish that a parent has led an active and participatory role in a child’s life. This could be demonstrating that one parent always drove a child to soccer practice or another consistently lends a hand with homework. This baseline of time and involvement is often referred to as the status quo and will be used when determining which parent a child should be with at what times.

We understand that most children benefit from active involvement from both of their parents, not just one or the other. With our experience and knowledge, our firm has what it takes to stand up for parents’ rights if an ex is attempting to cut him or her out of a child’s life. Custody disputes can be overwhelming, but with Pennsylvania law on many fathers’ side, a positive outcome can still be obtained. For more information about how state law applies to fathers’ rights for child custody, please be sure to visit our website.

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