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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Many times, divorce is the best option in Pennsylvania

Change is a natural part of life. This is certainly the case when it comes to relationships and marriages. Some couples in Pennsylvania grow closer together as a marriage progresses. Other struggle, with the prospect of divorce looming in the background. For those that struggle, it has been suggested that the fear of change keeps many of these couples from actually divorcing.

Avoiding the steps necessary to initiate a divorce while in an unhappy marriage can have significant consequences. Although some couples will remain married because they think it will be better for their children to stay together, many psychologists believe this may have the opposite effect. The negative emotions that may accompany continuous conflict characterized by many unhappy marriages can have detrimental psychological effects on children.

There may also be emotional and even physical consequences for spouses as well. Many times, the conflict in an unhappy marriage causes sleep difficulties as well as short-term memory problems. Unwanted weight gain also commonly occurs when a person stays in an dysfunctional marriage. Additionally, unhappy marriages may also cause those affected to eat less healthy.

When an individual in an unhappy marriage decides to file for divorce in Pennsylvania, it is important to have an understanding of the legal implications of doing so. The existing statues and case law will guide the court in deciding issues regarding property division, spousal support, child support and child custody. Many divorce proceedings are settled by direct negotiation between the parties and their attorneys, while some couples opt for mediation or collaboration as a means of seeking a fair resolution with a minimum of acrimony. In other circumstances, the disagreements between the parties may be such that a court will need to decide unresolved issues.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Top 5 Reasons Why Divorce Is An Option“, Jill P. Weber, Ph.D., Dec. 22, 2014

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