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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Interesting findings on divorce after study

Couples in Pennsylvania get divorced for any number of reasons. While the motives for a divorce vary, a study suggests there are actually prime times during the year when couples go through with filing for the dissolution of their marriage. This 14-year study found that divorce petitions are highest during the months of March and August.

The study initially examined the effects of the economic recession on marriage. The research looked at several variables, including unemployment and property values, and saw a consistent increase in petitions during those two months, no matter the economic circumstance. The nationwide recession did bring about a slight change but not enough to ultimately skew the results.

Researchers theorized as to why those two months peak in filings. When there are problems in a marriage, at least one spouse may hope that the joy and family intimacy of the winter and summer holidays will bring a reversal of heartache. However, the stressors that also can accompany those times may prove to make things worse between the couple. Once the holiday celebrations or vacations are over and the couple realizes the marriage cannot continue, they proceed to terminate their union.

No matter the motivation, the decision to divorce is usually not an easy one to make. If children are involved it can be an even more difficult process as decisions about custody and financial support have to be made. Couples who need legal advice as they go through this process will want someone who has a thorough knowledge of divorce procedures in Pennsylvania.

Source: technology.org, “Is divorce seasonal? Research shows biannual spike in divorce filings“, Aug. 23, 2016

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