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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Satisfactory ending to unusual child custody case

The terms of some Pennsylvania child custody cases are fairly routine. The judge determines which parent will be the custodial parent, and a visitation schedule and financial support amounts are set for the non-custodial parent to follow. However, an unusual child custody case has recently come before a judge in another state.

A couple divorced 10 years ago, and the mother was given primary custody of their two young children. She married again not long after, with her new husband helping her raise her son and daughter. Earlier this year, the mother died, losing her fight with breast cancer, and her former husband wants custody of his children. He has tried to contact them numerous times, but he says the stepfather has denied him any interaction. The children have chosen to remain with their stepfather.

A report on the proceedings did not make clear what part the biological father has had in the lives of the children in the past years. At some point, he began paying child support, and the money has been placed in a bank account for the children, who are now teenagers. Both men went to court prepared for a legal battle but left with an arrangement amenable to all. A visitation schedule will be forthcoming, and the biological father and his two children will get together at least once a week.

When parents divorce, the children are often more devastated than either adult. Child custody agreements should be set to help the children adjust to this colossal change in their lives, but sometimes, parents use it as a weapon in their war against each other. Pennsylvania parents may need professional assistance as they try to decide the best course of action for them and their children during this difficult time.

Source: newstimes.com, “Custody battle ends amicably“, Daniel Tepfer, Nov. 23, 2015

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