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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No statute of limitations for child support in some states

Some Pennsylvania single parents who need help in financially supporting their children may never get from an ex the money to which they are entitled. Some states require the child to be under 18 years of age for a parent to collect child support; however, there are those that have no statute of limitations and a parent can seek support at any time. One woman sought and received child support almost 50 years after her ex left her and their daughter.

The little girl was 3 years old when the parents divorced in the 1970s. The court ordered the father to pay approximately $160 each month, but he fled to Canada in an effort to escape making the payments. The mother was able to effectively support her daughter and herself and never sought further court action.

After the mother retired, however, her paycheck dwindled, and things were economically tight. She found out that the state in which she lived did not have the statute of limitations and was able to locate her ex to request the back child support. Including interest that had accrued, he now owed her $170,000 instead of the monthly amount for 50 years. The two settled on $150,000 after a private hearing.

A feud with an ex should never be a reason to not financially care for a child. It is a legal responsibility for parents to provide child support typically until the child reaches 18 years of age. Custodial parents in Pennsylvania should consult a family law attorney with experience in retrieving financial support to review their legal options.

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