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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Gray divorces have doubled since 1990, study says

Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn that divorces involving couples over the age of 50 – which are also referred to as ‘gray divorces” – have increased significantly in the United States, according to one study. Although the percentage of couples getting divorced has declined on the whole, the rate of gray divorce doubled from 1990 to 2010.

One therapist says that, while divorcing couples often split up during the first seven years of marriage, she sees another spike in divorce rates after couples have been together at least 20 years. She states that the most common reason for separating after decades together is emotional distance.

Unhappy couples also have more motivation to separate than couples of older generations. For one, people are living longer, and they may decide they do not want to spend 20 or 30 years of retirement in a disappointing marriage. Individuals may also grow more aware of an emotional disconnect from their partners after their children have moved out or after one of the spouses has retired.

Today, it is easier for couples to part ways than it would have been in our grandparents’ or even our parents’ generation, when divorce had a more negative connotation. Women may also have an easier time walking away from behaviors that used to be tolerated, such as adultery.

In Pennsylvania divorces, marital property is divided ‘equitably” (i.e., fairly) between spouses; it is not split 50-50, like in community property states. It can be a challenge to determine how to equitably divide assets such as 401(k)s or other retirement assets, particularly if the couple is over the age of 50 and has a larger amount of assets to their names. A Pennsylvania family law attorney might help individuals navigate the divorce process.

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