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 best in nation at recovering child support

The state of Pennsylvania has been ranked number one in the nation in enforcing child support payments. The federal government has performance standards that the state has met and exceeded consistently for the past six years. Two of the state’s major cities also have the top rankings among cities for implementation of the child support recovery processes in the United States.

The director of the state’s Domestic Services Agency stated they understand that a flourishing future of so many children whose parents are no longer together can depend on whether or not child support is received on a regular basis. If a child does not get a meal, basic clothing or needed school supplies, it can have a negative impact on how the child behaves toward others or learns in school. In addition, regular support payments let the child know both parents care enough to see him or her succeed.

Technology is the main reason the enforcement efforts are so successful, according to the director. The state has set up a website that makes it easy to make online payments via credit cards or Money Grams. Any complaints either parent has can be made on the website as well.

Child support is crucial to the well-being of a child. There are single parents who are able to adequately raise their children without it, but there are many more who are not so fortunate. For the sake of the children, other states would greatly benefit by following the enforcement procedures set by the state of Pennsylvania.

Source: your4state.com, “Pennsylvania ranks first in nation for child support enforcement”, Carolyn Blackburne, Aug. 19, 2015

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