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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Objectivity important in divorce mediation in Pennsylvania

Anytime a business owner makes decisions based upon emotion rather than logic or reasoning, he or she risks making the wrong decisions, which could lead to future financial problems. The same can be said during a divorce in Pennsylvania, or in any other state. Many financial experts suggest that people look at divorce mediation like a business deal, rather than as an emotional experience.

Although putting aside one’s emotions can be challenging, negotiating a divorce settlement calmly and objectively can produce a more desirable outcome for both parties. The first step is listing all marital and individual assets. After doing this, couples should decide whether it will be most beneficial to divide marital assets or to retain ownership of certain assets, which can be accomplished by buying out a spouse. Couples should also consider transferring particular assets into a trust or life estate for children or grandchildren, if they so desire.

If a couple has children, the financial impact the divorce will have upon the children should be an important consideration when negotiating a divorce settlement. It will usually be best for both parties to attempt to minimize negative effects to any existing estate plans. Adult children receiving financial support from parents may need to lower their future expectations of financial support following the divorce.

On the other hand, despite honest attempts at finding common ground, many divorce mediations are not successful. Unsuccessful negotiations may require spouses to settle their differences through the litigation process in a Pennsylvania court. Therefore, an overall legal strategy is not only important when mediation is an option, but also when divorces are more contentious and spouses cannot reach agreements.

Source: USA Today, “Protect finances in later-in-life divorce“, Anna Helhoski, Nov. 23, 2014

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