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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Creating a parenting program can help children deal with divorce

Even though Pennsylvania has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country, there are plenty of couples who choose to end their marriages every year. Those who divorce with children will have to take certain steps to be sure their family can function on a healthy level following the separation. A great way to begin the healing process is to create a well-thought-out parenting program.

When child custody is concerned, certain guidelines should be followed in the parenting program depending on the age of the children. Younger children require a set schedule, and they need to be with their primary caregiver most of the time. Constant changes in their environment and daily routine can cause distress and anxiety. However, the noncustodial parent should see the children on a regular basis each week.

As the kids get older, it will become easier to create a schedule that’s more evenly split between the two parents. The routine of school and other activities makes it easier for children to be away from their parents. Furthermore, older children tend to be more open to spending time with the noncustodial parent. Many recommend splitting weeks at this age to help kids adjust to a new schedule.

Teenagers are more unpredictable because they may have stronger and more severe reactions to divorce. They also tend to be more difficult to accommodate regarding a set custody schedule because they typically are involved in various extracurricular activities. It’s essential to be flexible to make sure teenagers receive as much time with each parent as possible.

For those dealing with a divorce and child custody issues, it’s important to ensure the protection of all parental rights. Having the support and guidance of an experienced family law attorney can help make sense of complex custody issues. Legal counsel could assist in developing a parenting plan that’s in the children’s best interests.

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