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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Why do parents modify child custody orders?

Over time, it might be necessary for you and your ex to discuss modifications of an existing child custody order. The child custody plan is created with the best interests of your kids in mind, so when needs or situations change, it makes sense that the arrangement would change as well. Very Well Family offers a few examples of when a custody order might need to be altered. 

If you have primary physical custody, your ex will be allowed visitation. This ensures that kids and parents are able to maintain a tight bond even when they don’t reside in the same home. Your ex might not show up on days when visits are scheduled or make abrupt changes to visitation, which is often troubling to kids looking forward to spending time with their parent. Should you request a modification, the court will look at the reasons why the existing schedule isn’t being followed, as well as whether you are communicating effectively. 

You or your ex may also decide to move at some point. When moving a great distance away, existing visitation and custody arrangements are often disrupted. For example, it will be impossible for your ex-spouse to keep up with weekend visits if he lives on the other side of the country. While parents are encouraged to work out a new arrangement that suits all involved, the court can also step in to make a determination. 

There are also situations where a child faces significant danger in a parent’s home. This might stem from abuse or neglect, or it could result from criminal wrongdoing going on inside the home while the child is present. Whatever the reason, it’s imperative that you contact your legal team and the court immediately when you learn of the situation. Fast action is necessary to keep your child out of harm’s way. 

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