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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Divorce rate has steadily declined since 1990s

It has long been said that half of all marriages end in divorce in the United States. Also, people commonly hold the belief that the divorce rate is steadily rising in Pennsylvania and across the rest of the United States. However, looking at the recent data suggests that these beliefs may be no more than myths.

It turns out that approximately 70 percent of couples that married during the 1990s will stay together at least 15 years, which is an increase from approximately 65 percent for those who married in the 1970s and during the 1980s. This statistic excludes married couples in which one spouse died before their 15-year anniversary. Also, couples that marry during the 2000s are continuing the downward trend in divorce rates.

There are various factors that may account for the drop in the divorce rate. Some believe that people are waiting until later in life to marry, which decreases the chance of divorce. Use of birth control has also played a role in keeping divorce rates low, according to many commentators. However, divorce rates among less educated people still remain high with rates close to the peak levels of the past.

On the other hand, despite the drop in divorce rates over the past few decades, there are still many couples in Pennsylvania that will want to file for divorce. Therefore, understanding the legal implications of marriage and divorce is important for couples that may be thinking of splitting up. These rules regulate how various aspects of the divorce are settled. This can include alimony, property division and child support payments.

Source: clarionledger.com, “NYT: Divorce rate has been declining since 90s“, Sam R. Hall, Dec. 2, 2014


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