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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Programs available to provide assistance with child support

Many Pennsylvania parents who have sole custody of their children know how hard it is to run a household on just one pay check, and they count on the financial support of the non-custodial parents to provide decent lives for their children. Non-custodial parents who are financially able to pay child support, but fail to do so, may suffer the consequences of wage garnishment or even face jail time. However, there are parents who want to pay child support but are unable because of the lack of income.

For this group of people, there is a dilemma. Threatening these people with adverse consequences has done no good. A county in one state decided to begin a program to help the non-custodial parents in this situation turn things around. The parents who are chosen to participate are assessed based on income and parenting time. They are given assistance in accessing the state’s job placement program and appropriate clothing for and transportation to job interviews, as well as placement in seminars on life skills.

There are rewards for those who do a good job while in the program, such as Chuck E. Cheese gift cards that can be used to take children out for an evening or cellphones that allow them to receive calls about jobs. On the other hand, parents who do not meet the requirements of the program once they are accepted may have to perform some type of community service. Failure to comply can lead to dismissal from the program and jail time. If this program shows success during its trial period, the state plans to begin the program in other counties.

Children need not only financial support but also time and attention from both parents. The state of Pennsylvania has its own resources available to help parents in their pursuit to receive or to pay child support. If legal advice is needed, there are professionals who are ready and willing to help families as they strive to make the best lives they can for their children.

Source: mlive.com, “Michigan county’s child-support pilot program aims to help parents pay“, Eric Gaertner, May 17, 2016

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