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 if you want to move away with the kids?

There may be any number of reasons why you might want to move away from Cranberry Township following your divorce. You may find it too difficult to stay in the same area where you made your married life with your spouse. You could also find employment opportunities in other markets that are too good for you to pass up. Whatever your reason, one thing to keep in mind when preparing for a move is to how you can reconcile your relocation with your current custody agreement

If and when you choose to relocate, Section 23-5337 of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Statutes says that you must provide your ex-spouse (and any others who may be party to your custody agreement) with notice at least 60 days prior to your move. What if, however, you do not have that much time? In cases where your relocation is work-driven, you may be asked to move sooner than you anticipated. If that proves to be the case, the law may allow you to bypass the 60-day notification period provided you send out notice within 10 days of learning that you need to move. 

Once your ex-spouse has received your notice, they can either consent to your move or protest it. If they protest, the court will hold a hearing to look into your proposed relocation and modify your custody agreement to accommodate it. Its ruling may or may not be favorable to you. You can, however, take control of the situation by working with your ex-spouse to come up with a revised schedule on your own. You both may then present it to the court, with you showing that you provided sufficient notice of your intended move and your ex-spouse stating that they have no objections in light of your revised agreement. 

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