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.

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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 divorce, but an annulment request from Nicholas Cage

Some Pennsylvania residents know falling in love can be fun, and that feeling can lead a person into making certain decisions he or she would never make otherwise. When a relationship progresses quickly into marriage, however, not getting to know each other before tying the knot can lead to disaster, namely divorce. Actor Nicholas Cage feels like he acted in haste as he entered his most recent union and is now asking not for a divorce, but for an annulment.

Court records show Cage and Erika Koike, a makeup artist, married in a quickie ceremony on March 23. Just four days later, he filed for an annulment. He says they had been drinking and claims he was too intoxicated, both when they got the marriage license and when they said, “I do.” He further states he was not capable of understanding the consequences of his actions at the time.

Although the two have been dating close to a year, Cage says Koike did not reveal to him another relationship, and also recent and prior criminal activity on her part. He is requesting that they each pay their own legal fees and that neither be given spousal support. His petition to seal the case was granted by the judge.

An annulment is basically erasing the marriage like it never happened. A divorce is often more complex, as there are usually assets and debts to divide, and custody and support decisions about any children have to be considered. As each state has its own laws for both circumstances, an attorney will be able to explain the rights a client has according to the laws of the state of Pennsylvania.

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