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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Happy ending in child custody battle

Pennsylvania residents may think of warring spouses when the subject of child custody cases is introduced. However, a recent child custody case was not the typical news-grabbing headline of two high-profile celebrities. Rather, an 11-year-old girl celebrated the end of last year by becoming the child of a Naval retiree and his wife.

The young girl had dreamed of being adopted ever since the parental rights of her birth parents had been terminated. Over the years, she has had many different foster parents and has lived in many different places. As most couples looking to adopt want younger children, it seemed less likely it would happen for her.

A couple who had been through a great deal to adopt a child who needed them and what they could provide finally found the child they wanted in the girl. She had been living with them under the foster care system for nine months before they faced the judge in a final petition for her adoption. After favorable testimony from a state case worker and a guardian ad litem, the judge granted the request and declared the three an official family. This couple finally has custody of their little girl.

This happy ending is usually the goal of most family courts, but it is not always what transpires. Many times a child custody battle faces more challenging conditions because the focus between two parents should be on what is best for their children, but sometimes is not. A Pennsylvania parent may require the services of someone who is well-versed in family law as he or she strives for the terms of a fair custody agreement.

Source: charlotteobserver.com, “York County girl finally hears: ‘You were chosen'”, Andrew Dys, Dec. 30, 2015


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