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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No child support from father for nearly 20 years

A regular support payment is vital to the well-being of the children for most Pennsylvania custodial parents. Some of those who have had trouble collecting the court-ordered amount have seen firsthand the financial problems that can ensue when the money does not come in. One father went to great lengths to get out of paying child support for his four children.

When the man and his wife divorced nearly 30 years ago, he claimed he was disabled and did not have a job. His court-ordered support payments of $100 each month was lowered to only $14. Seven years later, he sold an internet business for over $2 million, and his support payments were raised again to reflect his new-found wealth. He left the country and changed his name to avoid paying the money.

After nearly 20 years on the run, the man was deported and arraigned in a federal court after authorities were notified via a tip from a restaurant owner near where the man was living. He pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He owes over $500,000 in outstanding support payments.

Both parents have the responsibility of financially providing for their children. When the non-custodial parent does not pay the child support amount ordered by the court, he or she may experience such penalties as wage garnishments, the interception of any income tax refunds, or the suspension or revocation of the driver’s license. Attorneys who have experience with family law in the state of Pennsylvania are available to help custodial parents who may be having trouble getting the money they are owed by their exes.

Source: mlive.com, “‘Most Wanted Deadbeat’ pleads guilty to $559,000 child support bill“, Emily Monacelli, May 7, 2018


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