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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Starting the year without the stress of an unhappy marriage

More people file for divorce in January than any other month. There are a couple of reasons that marriages in Pittsburg and across the country tend to end in this month as opposed to the others. In many cases, unhappy spouses wait to file for divorce until after the holidays to allow their children to end the year with happy memories. For others, divorce may be part of their New Year’s resolutions.

Families often have holiday traditions, and parents may want to continue these for as long as possible. Holidays are typically happy times, so informing children, even if they are adults, that their parents are getting divorced could cast a shadow on the holiday season for years to come. Therefore, parents may wait until after the celebrations have ended to get in touch with an attorney to start the divorce process.

January is a time for resolutions and new beginnings. Someone who has spent a large part of the year contemplating divorce may decide that January is the best time for them to file. Starting the divorce process early in the year typically means that it will be finalized before the year ends. By taking some of the slow time at the end of the year to do research and gather documents, those who are serious about ending their marriages could have everything they need to get started after the new year begins.

No matter which month a person files for divorce, it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. An attorney may give their client guidance regarding property division, child custody and spousal support. Depending on the circumstances, including whether the couple has minor children, a business or real estate, the process could take some time, so it’s important to consult a legal professional sooner rather than later.

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