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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Parents use child custody woes to help other parents

Pennsylvania parents who have lost custody of their children know how heart-wrenching it can be, especially when it is a result of false allegations. The fight to regain child custody can take a toll on emotions, relationships and finances. Two parents have fought, and won, their child custody battle and wanted to impart to other parents the lessons they learned along the way.

The couple had six children, and they were all removed from the home after allegations of physical abuse of one child. Although there were no details given in a report, there were marks on one of the children that hospital staff believed may have occurred as a result of violence, and the local child services agency was alerted. Once the children were gone, the parents began, with anger, the long battle toward regaining custody.

The parents soon learned their rage was not helping their attempts. They had to dissect the problem and take steps to ensure it would not happen again. After eight long months, the charges against them were downgraded to neglectful supervision, and all six children were able to return home. They have since begun working with Child Protective Services to help other parents who have faced similar circumstances.

Losing custody of a child can be frustrating, bringing feelings of hopelessness at times. There is often help for those facing erroneous allegations, whether it is through a support group or through legal channels. A Pennsylvania attorney who has a thorough knowledge of the family laws of the state will be able to take the appropriate steps toward restoring child custody to the parents.

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