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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.
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  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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Divorce and visitation during the holiday season

The ending of a marriage can be the hardest on the children. It also seems the holiday season adds even more stress to the already difficult circumstances children of divorce face. Pennsylvania parents making decisions on visitations schedules will want to consider the effects their plans have on the children.

When drawing up a custody and visitation schedule with their attorneys, parents should take into account traditions to which the children may look forward each year. While one parent chooses to continue to enjoy those special times, the other may want to start new ones to go along with their new life, post-divorce. Should the parents be of differing religious faiths, the right planning will help in finding a way to celebrate those observances.

Being as detailed as possible, especially when it comes to guidelines for the physical exchanges, can help the stress level of the children as they go from one parent to another. The success of any plan takes the cooperation of both parents and a commitment to put aside their differences and keep the children as the focus. However, it often seems things beyond the control of either adult seem to arise at the worst times, no matter how specific prearranged plans may be. The key is to be flexible and adapt to changing situations.

It is not always easy to keep wounded feelings out of a discussion on visitation schedules after a contentious divorce. For parents who have difficulty being in the same room with their ex, the assistance of a third party can be invaluable. A Pennsylvania attorney with a thorough knowledge of the laws of the state can create an agreement that will take into consideration the customs and beliefs of both parties.

Source: hometownlife.com, “Experts: Divorcing parents need to plan holiday celebrations“, Susan Peck, Dec. 3, 2017

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