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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New child support payment option available for some families

Although there are several options available, some non-custodial parents in Pennsylvania occasionally have problems when trying to make their financial support payments. They may have the money set aside for the amount of child support but no easy way to get the money where it needs to be. There are other states that have begun offering their residents a chance to pay their child support through electronic providers.

Under this new approach, parents are able to make their support payments by going to participating locations, which can include 7-Eleven store or Dollar General stores. These outlets have partnered with PayNearMe, a service that allows a person to pay online using cash. Although nominal, there is a fee involved.

The states that offer this service hope it will help bring the payment compliance level closer to 100 percent. They claim the parents without debit cards or checking accounts will find this option very helpful in making sure they get their children the financial support they need. This alternative type of payment ,method may take as long as three business days to reach the intended account. However, that is still less time than most traditional methods.

While Pennsylvania does not yet offer this service, it may be an option state officials will consider in the future as more states adopt the program. Until then, parents will need to continue to make payments as they have in the past. For those who have run into roadblocks while trying to pay their child support, it may be helpful to find legal professionals who are knowledgeable of family law.

Source: wdet.org, “State Starts New Way To Pay For Child Support“, Cheyna Roth, Aug. 9, 2016

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