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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Disadvantages to a strategic divorce

Some couples in Pittsburgh may divorce for strategic reasons. For high-income spouses, splitting up can be a way to save on taxes. In low-income situations, divorce could help one partner qualify for Medicaid or allow a child to get more financial aid for college. However, there are also financial drawbacks to strategic divorces.

If one partner does not work outside the home, the working spouse can contribute to a retirement account for the nonworking spouse. This benefit is lost in a divorce. Also, if one person has a pension that is passed using a beneficiary designation, they no longer have to get permission from the ex-spouse to change the beneficiary. This could cause problems if the intention is for the former spouse to remain the beneficiary. Even if the divorce is amicable, the two might have a fight that could lead to the owner of the pension account removing the ex-spouse from the beneficiary designation.

Another issue to consider is health insurance. It’s common for one person to have employer-provided health insurance that covers everyone in the family. A divorce could mean losing this coverage, and getting separate coverage may cost thousands of dollars per year. Finally, if one spouse owns a business, the other partner might end up with control of that business.

These are all considerations couples should keep in mind if they are considering a divorce for any reason. If the separation is not amicable, it will probably be even more challenging to reach an agreement. However, many couples prefer trying to negotiate an agreement instead of going to court. Litigation can be costly and stressful. If the couple decides to negotiate an agreement, an attorney can help with the process.


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