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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Know your valuation date

As you work your way through your divorce proceedings in Cranberry Township, there will be several benchmark dates that you will want to be aware of during the process. Like most of those that come to see us here at the Sweeney Law Offices, LLC, you might not consider your valuation date to be one of them. The process of dividing up your marital property between you and your ex-spouse can be complex, and you might think that all you need to know is that whatever either of you earned during the marriage is subject to property division. Yet the date on which your marital property is officially appraised and valued by the court is important for a number of different reasons. 

First and foremost among these is the potential for appreciation (or depreciation) in value from the date that you and your ex-spouse officially separated. Consider this: like most divorce cases, yours likely involvesa good deal of emotion surrounding the circumstances that contributed to the end of your marriage. Say that your ex-spouse remains in your marital home after the two of you separate. If they still harbor negative feelings towards you (and knowing that the value of your home will likely be split between you both), they could choose to allow the home to fall into disrepair in an effort to purposely lower its value (yes, their stake in the home would be devalued as well, yet their emotions could potentially prompt such action). 

Per Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Statutes, the valuation date in a divorce case is the date your divorce is finalized. Thus, you will want to ensure that your marital assets are protected from depreciation after your separation. 

More information on property division proceedings can be found throughout our site. 

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