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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Can you appeal a child custody decision in PA?

Unfortunately, unless the parties of a Pennsylvania divorce come to a child custody agreement via mediation, one or both parents are bound to be unhappy with the court’s custody determination. If this is the case with you, you may wonder if it is possible to appeal the court’s decision and, if so, if making an appeal would be a good idea.

According to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the law grants you the right to appeal a judge’s decision after a full custody trial. However, note that you have a deadline to make an appeal, which your custody agreement should specify. Typically speaking, if you disagree with a judge’s decision, you have within 20 days to file a petition for an appeal. In your petition, you must detail in writing why you think the judge’s determination is wrong. You must make sure the courts receive the petition within 20 days of you receiving the original written recommendation.

After you file, the courts will schedule a hearing on your behalf. During the hearing, you must again explain what the original family judge did wrong.   

If you do not necessarily think the judge was wrong but you oppose his or her determination nonetheless, you may petition for reconsideration. You must file the request within 30 days of receiving the original written recommendation. You may also appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania within 30 days.

Bear in mind that appeals are extremely complex. However, if you elect to file a motion for reconsideration first, you still only have 30 days from the date of the original order to appeal to the Superior Court.

This content should not be used as legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.


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