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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Child custody issue prompts impending resolution

Unfortunately, it often takes the bad to find the good; sadder still is when a child is involved. In too many child custody cases, one parent, a grandparent or another family member is awarded guardianship because of drug use by one or both biological parents. Some Pennsylvania parents may empathize with one mother who was granted sole child custody when drugs entered the picture.

The woman’s son was only 7 months old when she asked the boy’s father to watch him. The boy got sick and when she got him to the hospital, she was told he had cocaine in his system. The father was charged with neglect of a dependent leading to bodily injury after leaving the illegal drug where the boy could ingest it. He is awaiting a plea hearing in criminal court.

A year and a half later, the mother is now the sole custodian of the boy, but his father has supervised visitation rights. She has been working with state legislators to write a bill that, if passed, requires parents who have a recent history or current suspicion of drug use to undergo drug testing if given visitation rights. It also envisions supervised visits in cases of child exploitation or molestation. It has passed the Senate and the House Judiciary Committee and is awaiting a vote from the House floor.

No matter the reason for the child custody dispute, the best interests of the child should be the focus of both parents as well as the court. That is not always the case, however, and the child is the one who may suffer. Pennsylvania parents needing help as they try to do what is best for their child can contact an experienced attorney who will fight for the rights of the client and the best interests of any children involved.

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