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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Reality show contestant facing child custody battle

Raising a child is tough when two Pennsylvania parents are together and have each other for emotional support during the most frustrating times. Trying to raise a child when fighting an ex for child custody and financial support can be even more challenging. One of this season’s contestants on “The Bachelor” is a mother who is currently dealing with child custody issues while trying to win the affections of one man in front of cameras and a national viewing audience.

Chelsea Roy and her ex-boyfriend had a little boy three years ago. While the two were engaged for a period, they never married. According to a report, the two split because the boyfriend allegedly had an affair with another woman, and Roy accused the man of physical and verbal abuse and intimidation. Roy initially filed an order of protection, but it was terminated when the two settled on a custody agreement, although their contact was limited to matters revolving around their son.

In custody papers, the child’s father is requesting a temporary halt to paying the weekly $450 in child support to Roy, as the boy is in his custody while she is filming the show. Because Roy quit her job to become a contestant on the show, the boyfriend is the parent meeting the child’s entire financial need. He is willing to resume payment when Roy is no longer with the show.

In many child custody and support battles, the parents may forget the child is the most important element in their interactions. Keeping the child as the focus of any arrangement instead of wasting effort on retaliation will make for smoother communication. A family law attorney can help a Pennsylvania parent keep his or her attention on the arrangements that benefits the child.

Source: heavy.com, “Mike Wilson: Who Is Chelsea Roy’s Baby Daddy on The Bachelor?“, Lauren Weigle Published, Jan. 29, 2018

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