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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Man received notice to pay child support

Non-custodial parents in Pennsylvania who are expected to pay child support know they have certain laws by which they have to abide. Those laws have been set in place to ensure children are provided the basic necessities, usually consisting of food, clothing, medical needs and educational requirements. A man in another state got a shock when he received a letter claiming he owed child support to his estranged wife because of a long-time law.

The 45-year-old man recently received a letter that informed him he was expected to pay child support for a baby born a year ago. He and the baby’s mother had been married nearly twenty years ago, and although they separated two years later, they never got divorced. According to a law in the state in which he resides, the man is responsible for paying child support for the baby because he is still legally the mother’s husband even though he is not the biological father.

The mother of the child told the man she had intended for the support letter to be sent to the biological father, who left her after a one-night stand. The man was told by officials that he would have to divorce the woman and prove he was not the biological father of the child. He is in the process of raising money for legal fees and hopes that publicly informing others of his story will instigate a change in this particular law.

Some parents choose to have an informal child support agreement when they decide to separate. Others may need legal intervention in determining the terms of a contract. Pennsylvania parents have several options when seeking the advice of a professional who understands the relevant family laws.

Source: nydailynews.com, “Iowa man forced to pay child support for baby that’s not his“, Laura Bult, March 26, 2016

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