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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Child custody bill campaigns for unique parenting arrangement

Divorced parents in Pennsylvania may be interested to learn of a bill that is being introduced in another state. This bill is expecting to help keep the number of malicious child custody battles to a minimum. The premise of the bill is to advocate shared custody between parents as opposed to primary or sole custody.

The basis for this idea comes from studies conducted in the past few years that have shown the children adjust better to the separation of their parents when they are able to spend as close to equal time as possible with both parents. When conscientious parents realize this type of custody agreement is an option, they will usually work together to come up with a workable plan. This sharing of time and responsibilities results in being the best situation for all concerned.

The passing of this bill would mean that family courts would need to focus on the research being done on what is best for children in these situations and make that information a factor in their custody decisions. Rulings from the court are currently viewed as one parent winning and the other losing when primary custody is awarded. This unfair balance is typically the cause of bitter custody battles between the two adults.

The physical and mental well-being of children is often reflected by their relationship with their parents. The broken relationship of the parents does not have to have devastating effects on the children if the child custody arrangement is made with the utmost concern for them. Pennsylvania parents who are going through this most difficult time may want the assistance of someone who has a thorough knowledge of family law to guide them as they make decisions that have major impact on the lives of their children.

Source: kcur.org, “Missouri Child Custody Bill Promotes Equal Sharing“, Steve Bell, Feb. 9, 2016

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