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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Mother determined to fight in child custody case

There can be a number of reasons why a Pennsylvania parent loses custody of a child. Trying to regain child custody can often feel like an uphill battle. One mother has a long road to travel as she tries to reclaim the child custody rights of her three children.

The woman says she was a drug addict and tried to get into an inpatient rehab program, but they would not accept her because the pregnancy test she took came back positive. The only option available to her was outpatient. One day when she was eight months into her pregnancy, she and her boyfriend snorted the drugs heroin and Xanax. Several hours later, she gave birth in a fast food restaurant bathroom but was so high she did not realize at the time she had done so. The child, a boy, survived, and police responding to an emergency call got mother and son to the hospital.

Four months later, the woman has been sober since that day and is taking the necessary steps to be a mother again. She is working toward getting a college degree and would like to be a counselor to other women who are wanting to overcome drug addiction. In addition to the baby boy, she has an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old for whom she is fighting. She says, as horrible as the circumstances around the birth were, they probably saved her life.

Whether fighting a child custody battle against an ex or against a state agency, it is important to not let emotions get out of control. Although a judge’s verdict is never guaranteed, there are steps a parent can take to present an organized and focused case. A skilled Pennsylvania attorney can inform a client of the state’s requirements and effectively prepare him or her for the looming battle.


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