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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Pennsylvania parents learn of options to collect child support

Pennsylvania parents attempting to collect child support payments may be interested to learn of the collection efforts in another state. That state’s Child Support Division of the Attorney General’s Office has been active since 2003. Since that time, it has collected financial support owed for over 14,000 children.

The focus of the office is on the non-custodial parent who is financially able to pay child support but who simply refuses to pay. Those who do refuse could face being charged with a felony, although the office is more interested in getting the parent to make regular payments than placing him or her in jail.  No longer residing in the state will not relieve the parent of the support duty, as the office will be in pursuit in that case as well. In fact, nearly half of those prosecuted live outside of the state.

A recent case resulted in the largest single payment the office has ever received. A father was threatened with extradition due to the charges against him. After living in several states over a few years, he was finally found living in a $500,000 house. He made a payment of nearly $100,000, which included outstanding support going back to before 1999, fees and interest. The charges against him and the extradition action were dismissed upon his full payment.

There are many challenges to raising a child in Pennsylvania or in any other state, the financial aspect being one of the biggest. There is no excuse for a parent who is fiscally able to provide child support to not do so. There are times when a custodial parent may need assistance to find out about the options that are available for obtaining the money that is so often desperately needed.

Source: mlive.com, “Ex-Michigan resident found in Alaska, pays $96K in back child support“, Brad Devereaux, April 13, 2015

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