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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Spousal support woes for ex-husband

Spousal support is often a sore subject to the Pennsylvania ex who has been ordered to pay. Some former spouses can well afford to pay the amount set by the court, but some struggle with payments they feel are too steep. The former husband of an heiress to a major tobacco company has made the claim she is not paying the spousal support amount on which they had agreed at the time of their divorce.

The husband was found guilty of espionage after spyware was found on her cell phone. With the device he chose, he was able to see all her emails and hear both sides of any phone conversations she may have had. The judge’s choice of punishment was to remove any claims the husband had, not only to any joint assets the couple possessed but also the spousal support she had been paying.

The wife’s attorney, speaking on her behalf, stated she had continued to pay child support for their 8-year-old twins. The wife has also accused her ex of breaking an agreement in their divorce agreement, which was having their children around new romantic interests. She claims he has introduced them to his girlfriend, who is pregnant. The legal fees the two have compiled since their divorce filing total into the millions.

When one spouse is more financially established than the other at the time of the divorce, the court may set a reasonable amount of financial support. The laws of each state vary as to what factors into the court’s decision. A family law attorney will be able to advise a potential client of the legal requirements Pennsylvania has set for spousal support.

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