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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More grandparents seeking legal custody of grandchildren

When parents are unable, or in some cases unwilling, to take care of their children, many grandparents step into the role of caregiver. Some of these people who have agreed to take on their grandchildren may not always be physically or financially able, yet they step up anyway and petition for legal custody to keep their young loved ones together as a family and out of the foster system. Pennsylvania grandparents may be interested in learning of a couple who is fighting a legal custody battle with the state in which they and their grandchildren live.

The children, a 4-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, were placed in foster care after their father suffered from a serious illness over a year before his death. The grandparents had been called by the child services department with a request that the children be relegated to their care immediately. The grandparents were out of town at the funeral of a family member and could not return in time to keep the children from being placed with a foster family. A report did not indicate the whereabouts of the children’s mother.

The couple have been trying to get custody of the children and have hired an attorney for assistance. They have passed the home inspection as well as the background check, and they are financially able to take care of their grandchildren. However, Child Services is now telling the couple the children are in a stable environment with their foster family and there are no plans to uproot them. A court date has been set for later this month to determine custody, and the grandparents plan to be there with their petition.

There are many legal custody issues for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Being able to make decisions on schooling and healthcare and receiving possible financial assistance are subjects that need to be addressed when grandparents are faced with this new way of life. Pennsylvania grandparents who have questions or who need legal representation will want someone who has a thorough knowledge of the family law statutes of their state.

Source: localmemphis.com, “Local I-Team: Couple Fights For Custody Of Grandchildren“, Maria Hallas, Oct. 6, 2016


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