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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Defenses for fault-based divorce

If you are a Pennsylvania resident considering ending your marriage, you may wonder where to begin. The starting point depends on your particular situation. At Sweeney Law Offices, LLC, we assist clients with services for no-fault and fault-based divorces.

According to the National Paralegal College, divorce by consent occurs when neither party must prove grounds for the dissolution of marriage beyond irreconcilable differences. However, if your other half refuses this method and files for a fault-based divorce, you may find that one or more accompanying defenses meet your needs:

  • Connivance occurs when one married person consents to an act by the other person, which constitutes grounds for a divorce. Once the action takes place, the previously consenting party files for marriage dissolution. Typically, this occurs when the fault is adultery, and the offended party knows it took place.
  • Collusion involves an element of fraud. It occurs when it seems that a party in a marriage commits performs an action constituting grounds for divorce. The act does not actually happen; it appears that way by design. In this instance, the goal is obtaining a divorce.
  • Condonation may apply when one party commits an act, such as adultery, that constitutes grounds for divorce. The remaining party, knowing about the transgression forgives and resumes the marriage. If the wronged spouse changes his/her mind and files for divorce, the court may deny it on the grounds of condonation. He or she knew about it and chose not to act.

If you receive paperwork for a fault-based divorce suit, a legal professional may help you defend and protect yourself. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.




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