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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Financial decisions may differ for divorce after 50

Divorce is difficult at any age, but it seems that now more than ever, adults over 50 are going their separate ways. Pennsylvania residents may be interested in a report on this trend that states most women are no longer dependent on their husbands for financial well-being in the retirement years, as most women are in the work force and have been able to build their own nest eggs. When dependent children are no longer in the picture, more and more older adults are no longer feeling the need to stay with their spouses. Even if each spouse earns a healthy pay check, there still will be financial consequences to a divorce that will need to be addressed.

The report addresses some mistakes many couples make in their divorce proceedings that can be avoided with proper planning. One is keeping the house in which the couple lived. Instead of two people paying for taxes and upkeep, that duty will fall to the one person and the one pay check that ends up with the house. Both spouses will also be held liable for any debt accrued during the marriage, so running a credit report on what is owed by both will reveal exact creditors and amounts due that can be dealt with in the divorce settlement.

Taxes, retirement accounts and health insurance premiums will all play a large part in many of the financial decisions that have to be reached. Alimony is considered under state and federal law to be taxable income, so tax brackets may be affected with the receipt of the payment. If retirement funds have been put into an IRA, an early withdrawal, even for reasons of divorce, can exact a penalty. There are options on how to handle health insurance, but premiums will most likely be higher than before the divorce.

No matter what the age of a couple, these and other financial considerations will need to be sorted out during the divorce process. Very often it can be difficult to know which options to choose. It may be beneficial for a Pennsylvania resident to have a legal adviser who will be able to impartially oversee the details during this extremely stressful time.

Source: investopedia.com, “Divorce Over 50: Seven Mistakes to Avoid“, Catherine Fredman, Accessed on Mar. 1, 2016

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