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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Man given last chance to pay child support before jail time

Some custodial parents in Pennsylvania know what it is like to not have enough money to meet budgetary requirements. In most cases, this is due to unpaid child support by an ex. A man has recently been given an ultimatum on paying the child support he owes.

A 2011 court appearance resulted in the man being ordered to pay $215 in child support each month for the next 15 years. Six years later, it was discovered he had not been paying any money at all. A judge ordered 24 months of probation and raised the monthly payments by $50. There were other stipulations given at the time, including acquiring his GED.

Another year has passed and, according to an attorney for the county, the man has still not made any headway on paying the child support he owes. The attorney requested the judge authorize time in jail. The man’s attorney argued that health problems are to blame for his inability to make payments and requested her client remain on probation, stating that he would adhere to any additional conditions given by the court. The judge acquiesced but warned this would be the man’s last chance to make payments or he would be serving time in jail.

It is hard to raise a child alone, but when there is no child support, it can seem impossible at times. A custodial parent may have to make the difficult choice between food for a few meals or a coat to keep warm during the winter. Pennsylvania parents who are having trouble when attempting to get financial support from an ex need to speak to an attorney who will explain the options available for collection of money owed.

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