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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Clear signs that a marriage may be headed toward divorce

Experts suggest that Pittsburgh residents who are worried that their marriage may be heading toward a divorce should examine whether their marriage is exhibiting some of the following signs. One sign is that marriage mates don’t eat dinner together. This might seem like a minor thing, but when a couple stops eating dinner together, it could indicate that they are living separate lives and that they are disjointed. Sharing a meal with a spouse is a time-honored line of connection; when that is broken, it may indicate deeper issues.

Another sign that a couple may be headed for divorce is if one or both of the spouses are dealing with an addiction and not willing to get help for the addiction. Addiction not only affects the individual who is suffering from it, but it also affects their spouse. The same is true if one of the spouses is suffering from a severe mental health issue, but they are not getting the help they need. If they refuse to get help, they are endangering themselves and those around them. This creates a stressful environment that can damage a marriage.

Some couples say that they are only staying together for the kids, but this is not a sign of a good marriage. Experts say that this mentality could be an indication that the marriage mates are putting more energy into helping their children than they are into building a strong relationship with each other. This is often an indicator that divorce may be on the horizon.

A family law attorney may be able to help a client who is ready to go through the divorce process. The attorney may be able to provide the client with practical information on things ranging from child custody to alimony and other financial issues associated with divorce.

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