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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The traditional 50-50 custody arrangement may not work

Divorced parents in Pennsylvania might choose the traditional method of effectuating a 50-50 custody arrangement that will involve the children being with a parent one week and the other parent the next week. However, this may not always be the most advantageous solution for the children, who could bear some negative consequences from this type of plan. As a result, co-parents should keep an open mind as to alternative arrangements that may work better.

When a child spends an entire week without one of their parents, the separation can affect them. It can lead to separation anxiety, and the transition between parents’ homes can be difficult knowing that they will be apart for a week. In addition, there can be logistical problems for parents whose work schedule can be difficult to accommodate due to the demands of the custody schedule and the need to be continuously present for that entire week.

There are other ways to evenly split custody that parents often overlook during the divorce process. These arrangements involve more frequent exchanges between the parents’ homes and a shorter duration of stays. Increased rotation can help lessen the burden on the children and enable parents to accommodate their own schedules. Parents should at least consider if an alternate 50-50 schedule will make more sense for the children.

Parents may consult with a family law attorney in order to explore various schedules that could be beneficial for the children and to discuss ways how to put these arrangements in place. Family law attorneys have seen many different types of schedules that work, and they may offer counsel for each situation with their experience. Even if there will be no litigation, parents might benefit from speaking to someone with the ability to give counsel and ideas that can work in the best interests of the children.

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