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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What does equitable distribution mean?

If you and your spouse decide to divorce in Pennsylvania, one of the things you will need to do is come up with an equitable distribution of your marital assets between the two of you. But what constitutes an equitable distribution?

While no precise definition exists, the Huffington Post reports that an equitable distribution does not necessarily mean that you and your spouse must divide your marital assets 50/50 when you divorce. Rather, you must divide them in a manner that is fair and equitable under your particular circumstances.

Marital assets

Remember, your equitable distribution applies only to your and your spouse’s marital property, i.e., the income and assets both of you acquired during your marriage, no matter which of you actually acquired them. Examples of marital property include the following:

  • Checking, savings and other cash accounts
  • Real estate
  • Retirement and pension plans, including IRAs, 401(k)s, etc.
  • Deferred compensation plans
  • Brokerage accounts
  • Vehicles, boats, antiques, art and other such personal property

Equitable considerations

Should you and your spouse fail to come up with your own equitable distribution of marital assets, the court will decide this issue for you, taking the following things into consideration:

  • Your respective ages and health situations
  • The length of your marriage
  • How much earning capacity and potential each of you possesses
  • How much income and/or property each of you brought into your marriage
  • How much, if any, each of you contributed to the other’s education, training, etc.
  • The standard of living the two of you established during your marriage and, if you have children, the amount the custodial parent will need to maintain that lifestyle for the children

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.

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