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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Pennsylvania looks to improve child custody enforcement

It’s important to understand that divorce and family laws evolve. That’s not to say there cannot be an improvement.

There’s probably no part of family law more contentious that child custody, however. This is especially true when it comes to enforcement of child custody orders – especially orders of contempt.

Attempts by Pennsylvania legislators to improve child custody enforcement

A recent news article discusses proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s child custody laws that would allow for “make-up time.” This would allow for awards of custody in situations where violations of child custody agreements occur.

Pennsylvania General Assembly House Bill 437, if passed, would amend current Pennsylvania law. The bill came about because of reports of a parent refusing to abide by existing child custody laws, and by taking measures to keep the child from becoming available to the other parent. While this particular case went to court, there was no sanction against this parent under current child custody laws.

The supporting memorandum for this piece of legislation from Representative Tedd C. Nesbit states that House Bill 437 would remedy this circumstance. It would allow for the power of judges to temporarily modify an existing custody order should a parent be found in contempt.

Opponents to this legislation have a different take on the bill. They suggest that in some circumstances, parents do not follow a custody order because they wish to protect their child from possible abuse.

Family law attorneys can guide parents through these sorts of stressful matters. Considering the child’s best interests are at stake, it’s necessary that we get to the correct child custody ruling. Unfortunately, this is not always an easy determination to make. For that reason, it’s important to have a child custody advocate on your side who understands current laws. More importantly, they can help make certain an order is right under the individual circumstances of the case.


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