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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How can you show your ex-spouse no longer needs alimony?

If your spouse is incapable of supporting themselves to the point of securing the same standard of living that you both enjoyed during your marriage in Cranberry Township, then it may come as little surprise that you are asked to pay them alimony. Such support is typically not meant to be permanent, however; rather, it is only supposed to help them as they work towards securing gainful employment or they remarry. 

Yet what if your ex-spouse chooses not to remarry simply as a way to keep you obligated to continue to pay alimony? They might eventually meet a new romantic partner, yet choose to not marry them knowing that their remarriage will end your alimony obligation. Such an action may be seen as them attempting to take advantage of the court, which is typically not well-received. 

Indeed, Section 3706 of Pennsylvania’s Domestic Relations Code states that if your ex-spouse opts to cohabitate with a person of the opposite sex (with whom they do share a biological relationship), they are barred from receiving alimony. Cohabitation may be easy to prove, yet what if your ex-spouse stops short of doing so? There may be others ways that you can prove that they are in a supportive relationship (and thus no longer need alimony). 

Evidence that may show that your ex-spouse and a romantic partner have entered into a supportive relationship may include: 

  • Them pooling their financial resources
  • Them sharing living and utility expenses
  • Them making major purchases together (e.g. a new car)

When petitioning the court to end your alimony obligation, it is up to you to present evidence like this to support your claim. The court will typically not rely solely on your opinion that your ex-spouse no longer needs the money. 

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