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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Dealing with divorce at different ages

Older Pennsylvanian parents who get a divorce must understand that regardless of how old their own children are, they will still be impacted by the split. While more studies exist on how divorce affects young children, this doesn’t mean older children are left unharmed.

Very Well Family takes a look at the psychological effects of divorce on young children. First off, young children tend to have a weaker understanding of the situation. They may need to be explained what divorce is more than once. They will also require much reassurance from both parents that they are not at fault. Divorcing parents with younger children tend to treat them gently and leave any ugly details out of the picture.

If divorce is handled properly and children are given the time and tools they need to heal, they tend to have a faster recovery rate and are able to adapt to their new family dynamic in a healthier, quicker way.

On the other hand, the New York Times states that adult children are often neglected in terms of proper post-divorce care. For example, their parents may be less hesitant about sharing the details of the divorce or seeking a shoulder to lean on for support. This can create great mental and emotional strain in an adult child, who is already trying to navigate what the world looks like now that their parents have split.

Divorce may ultimately be the best option for a family. However, being well-prepared for the split and having good resources for dealing with the aftermath can help the entire family, too.

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