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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Father faces job loss, jail time in nonpayment of child support

Child support is the responsibility of both parents, whether they are together or not. It can be constricting to the finances of a noncustodial parent, but not receiving regular payments can be detrimental to the custodial parent and the child. Pennsylvania parents may be interested in the story of a police officer who lied about his paycheck, just so he would not have to pay so much in child support.

An investigation into a separate incident involving this police officer uncovered the fact that he did not pay over $15,000 in child support in the last years before his child reached the age of 21 in 2017. To keep from making the payments his income warranted, he allegedly lied to a family court judge about the adjustment in his paychecks five years ago. He is on restricted duty while he awaits judgment.

Should the officer be convicted of the various crimes with which he has been charged, including grand larceny and perjury, he could lose his job and spend as long as seven years in prison. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him via his attorney during a recent court appearance. He is expected to face the judge again in September.

It can be extremely hard for a custodial parent to get by on one paycheck, even if there is only one child. Both parents should be willing to make sacrifices to see that the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and medical care for the child are being met. Parents in Pennsylvania who are having difficulty with an ex on the matter of child support are advised to find legal representation who will help in their pursuit of the necessities to which the child is entitled.

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