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.

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  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.

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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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Father fighting for child custody will not give up

Most Pennsylvania parents can agree that the depth of love of a parent for his or her child can be astonishing, given some circumstances. An eight year child custody battle may soon be coming to an end as a father fights to raise his daughter. He was recently commended by a judge for never giving up in his emotionally and financially draining child custody quest.

When the man’s girlfriend wanted to give up their baby for adoption, he was against it. The baby’s mother gave birth six weeks before her due date, possibly as a result of inducing in order to deceive the father. Also unbeknownst to him, she allowed her brother and his wife to adopt the baby in a state that only required the consent of one parent.

When the man found out what had happened, he initiated his legal battle. He began the procedure to establish paternity once the Supreme Court of the state in which the adoption took place ruled it illegal. He now has been before a judge who recognizes his struggle and agrees that he was deceived by the baby’s mother, the brother and the sister-in-law. The judge has set a date in the next month to determine primary custody after hearing arguments from both mother and father.

Every parent should have the best interest of his or her child in mind when making decisions that will affect the child. In a custody battle, each parent may feel he or she is in the right, but it often takes an unbiased third party to make a determination when disagreements persist. Pennsylvania parents seeking primary child custody will want an attorney who is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the child and the parent.

Source: dailymail.co.uk, “Colorado father’s ‘epic’ eight-year legal battle to win parental rights nears end“, Ariel Zilber, Dec. 10, 2016

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