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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Child custody case point of argument in council meeting

The Department of Social Services in any Pennsylvania community may remove a child from a home for any number of reasons. While the agency may decide an alternate child custody arrangement is best for the child, parents or other relatives often have a differing opinion and will fight to regain guardianship. Two city councilmen are at odds over a child custody situation that has been brought before the board on numerous occasions.

Only a few months old, a little boy was removed from his home by DSS for safety reasons when there was a question of how medical issues were being handled by the parents. Now, nearly two years later, the father is continuing his plea to the board to investigate the DSS and how they are managing the case. He is not alone, as friends and family have voiced their support of the family in previous council meetings. The father is a member of the U.S. Navy, and he and his wife have eight other children who are all still living at home.

One council member has defended DSS, calling the family bullies in their attempt to regain custody of their son. He is alluding to the fact that the father has taken to social media to criticize the agency and its officials. A second council member has shown support for the family and would like to know why the agency is handling the situation the way it has chosen.

While it can be beneficial to have government officials giving their support, parents need the expertise of an attorney when it comes to similar matters. An attorney can ensure all proper documentation required by the court is procured for a concise presentation. There are several attorneys in Pennsylvania who will be able to assist a family embroiled in a child custody fight.

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