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.
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  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.

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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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Health implications of gray divorces

| Jan 10, 2020 | Uncategorized

Divorce is an emotionally taxing process at any age that can have negative effects on your health and overall well-being. It’s long been known to increase stress for prolonged periods of time. Older couples divorcing after 50 – commonly referred to as “gray divorce” – may be more at risk for an increase in health problems as a result of their marriage ending.

Surprisingly, the occurrence rate of gray divorce has doubled in the last 25 years. Maybe it’s that people are living longer and choosing to leave a spouse they don’t care for anymore or perhaps the marital problems seeded long ago and are just now surfacing.

Health effects of gray divorce

Whatever the reasons for its occurrence, it brings with it adverse health effects for older people such as:

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chronic stress

These conditions can make existing health conditions worse but can also contribute to additional problems like heart disease, diabetes, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, changes in weight, insomnia and changes in activity.

Prevention

Being aware of the health risks can help reduce them with preventative steps:

  • Get out of the house every day to interact with others
  • Increase your social connections
  • Get some exercise – go for a walk or try a yoga class
  • Seek professional help
  • Get a pet for companionship

While there are increased health risks, a gray divorce can be a blessing if you were unhappy in your marriage. Walking away from a toxic relationship can increase your health and happiness no matter where you’re at in life, which ultimately will likely have a positive outcome on your overall health.

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