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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Divorce nesting? Your child may experience less emotional trauma

As more parents see the emotional toll divorce takes on children, they naturally might seek a creative way to alleviate the stress of an impending separation. Nesting is a secure way for children to maintain balance and normalcy during the upheaval of a divorce.

In a nesting agreement, the family keeps the marital home and both parents own it. Instead of a traditional custody agreement in which parents bring children back and forth between their individual homes, parents move in and out of the shared home. Nesting may provide the consistency many children need when experiencing a parental divorce.

If your divorce proves amicable, and you are in a financial place to continue house payments on your marital home, nesting may allow for a smooth transition for your children.

Nesting may help your child

Studies show that the emotional effects divorce has on a child’s mental development is striking. When divorce occurs between parents – which it does for approximately 55 percent of children younger than 17 – relationships with various family members may be strained.

If children experience the parents’ animosity during divorce, their own emotional needs might be neglected or affect parents themselves. Often, children feel like they have to choose spending time with one parent over the other.

If parents continue to have contact through the family home, however, they may not take notice of a breaking relationship and avoid choosing the more entertaining home.

Same schools, same home

Traditional custody arrangements usually involve routine pick-ups and drop-offs of children at individual parents’ homes. With nesting, parents both have individual apartments or houses. During their custody time, they live with their children at home.

Staying at the same school and in the same activities may prove essential to decreasing the emotional trauma of divorce for a child. Aside from either parent leaving the home for a period of time, their life follows the same routine.

Financial commitment and cooperation

For nesting to be feasible, your family must be in a financial state to keep up the family home and purchase individual space for each parent.

Just as essential as the means to pay, parents should cooperate with one another. Should you choose to nest during divorce proceedings and beyond, a relationship in which collaboration is at the forefront provides not only a smooth transition from marriage to nesting, but it also creates a positive environment for you, your ex-spouse and your children.

Done right, nesting may prove to be a seamless choice for helping your children through divorce.

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