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.

Let Our Family Help Your Family

Can joint debt be a problem for divorcing couples?

When it comes to your impending divorce, you will have a lot of questions you will need to ask your Pittsburgh attorney about what is to come. Make sure that your marital debt is one of the items near the top of your list of inquiries. If you are not careful, you might find debts that you currently share with your spouse can cause you major trouble down the road.

As the CESI website explains, it does not matter whether a couple is married or not if they both own debt together. Debt can take many forms, such as a line of credit, a credit card, or a loan, but if the debt is jointly owned, each spouse remains responsible for paying off the outstanding amount, even after the divorce is finalized. Ideally, both parties should work out how to pay off their debts during the divorce.

Trouble may arise because some divorces deplete the assets of one or both of the spouses involved through asset division and court costs. A devastated financial situation makes it more likely that one of the divorced spouses cannot come through on regular debt payments and may have to declare bankruptcy. Going bankrupt can relieve the filer from creditor harassment and give the filer an opportunity to discharge some of the debt.

The problem is that bankruptcy may stop your ex-spouse’s debt obligations for a time, but it does not stop yours. In fact, a creditor or a lender may insist that you are now fully responsible for the debt and could hike your debt payments. However this situation unfolds, you may end up paying more than you had expected before your spouse filed for bankruptcy. If you were not expecting to pay more on your debt and did not prepare for unexpected expenses, your own finances could suffer.

To prevent marital debt from becoming your financial time bomb, consider consulting with an experienced divorce attorney on how you can work out your marital debts and prevent financial ruin. Because divorce issues are different from couple to couple, do not consider this article as legal advice. Read it only for your educational benefit.


FindLaw Network