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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Man accused of forging papers to avoid paying child support

Whether the parents are married or not, both are obligated to financially support their children for 18 years, in most cases. When the noncustodial parent cannot pay court-ordered child support for some reason, seeking a formal modification should be the first step. However, some parents try to avoid making payments altogether. One Pennsylvania man apparently lied about injuries obtained in combat to avoid paying support and is now facing criminal charges.

A county Domestic Relations office notified police that a father who owed $52,000 in back child support payments had not paid anything since 2011 and was using falsified documents as the reason for nonpayment. He claimed he was not able to get his medical records released from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Instead, he allegedly submitted five forms that supposedly listed his service rank and the surgeries he had while in combat. These forms were to have come from the Veterans Affairs Office as proof that he would be receiving disability as well as possible future employment.

Police say they discovered that one of the forms was not a form the VA office would use and another form had nothing to do with reporting an injury. They were also told the man could have simply signed a release form, and his medical records would have been released. More paperwork reportedly showed falsification of the man’s rank and the circumstances under which he left the Army. After he apparently confessed to police and generate accurate documents, he was charged with forgery. 

Children deserve to have financial support from both parents. A noncustodial parent who does not make court-ordered child support payments may be subject to wage garnishment and/or interception of income tax refunds. Further, his or her driver’s license may be suspended or revoked. Custodial parents who are having trouble getting the money owed can speak to a Pennsylvania family law attorney to discuss the best way to secure full compliance with an existing court order.

Source: publicopiniononline.com, “Police: Greencastle man made up combat injuries to avoid child support payments“, Becky Metrick, May 2, 2017

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