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 does supervised visitation work?

Courts believe it’s in the best interest of children to have healthy relationships with both parents. However, when there are allegations of abuse or issues with alcohol and drug use, it may not be safe for a child to spend time alone with a parent. In this case, the court may order supervised visits, which take place in the presence of a social worker or another family member. Very Well Family offers the following information on how supervised visitation actually works. 

Supervised visits can take place in a number of settings. For instance, they make take place at the home of the parent. In this case, the child would be taken to the home along with the third party tasked with overseeing the visitation. In other instances, the child and parent would meet at a visitation center, where the third party would attend the visit as well. The goal is to allow visitations to occur in a controlled setting so the child will remain safe and secure. 

Supervised visitation orders are kept in place until there is a change of the circumstances that led to the order in the first place. For example, if one spouse claims the other is abusive, these claims would need to be diligently investigated in order to make a determination. Until that time, supervised visitation would continue, as it’s deemed in the best interest of the child. In other instances, a parent may be obligated to perform some task to show he or she is committed to being a good parent. 

When it comes to drug or alcohol use, this could involve attending rehabilitation or some counseling. Upon completion, the judge would review the situation to determine whether supervised visits are still warranted. Regardless of what is required, cooperation is crucial to ensure that the child enjoys a safe and healthy relationship with both parents. 

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