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 tries to get out of paying child support

Many custodial parents in Pennsylvania are acutely aware of how important regular child support payments are to the welfare of their children. A missed payment could mean at least one missed meal, no warm coat for the cold winter days or medicine that is essential for maintaining optimum health. One man took drastic measures to get out of paying the child support ordered by the court.

A recent report stated the 38-year-old man was so determined to get out of paying child support that he forged a judge’s signature on a document that would terminate the man’s parental rights. The report did not mention how many children he was supporting, nor how much he was required to pay. The claim went further, saying he faxed the document to the state’s department of human services.

A grand jury indicted the man on two counts, one for filing the forged document with the state agency and the second for wire fraud. Officers arrested him once the charges were made. If he is convicted and should the judge in the case rule consecutive sentences, he will have to serve 15 years for both charges.

It is the responsibility of both parents to financially support a child they bring into the world. There is help available to those Pennsylvania custodial parents who are having problems collecting the money they are owed by an ex. A family law attorney will be able to use enforcement tools such as wage garnishments, income tax intercepts and license suspensions to get the child support amount set by the court.

Source: msnewsnow.com, “Corinth man arrested for filing false documents and wire fraud”, Howard Ballou, April 27, 2018

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