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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How conflict with a spouse can hurt the divorce process

The divorce process can bring up many emotions for people in Pittsburgh, including anger and frustration. This could cause a person to lash out at a spouse. However, this can be harmful and might even affect how property is divided or child custody decisions are made.

One advantage to speaking calmly to a spouse is keeping stress levels down. Although it can feel satisfying in the moment, speaking in anger can contribute overall to negative feelings and have a bad effect on children as well. Attempting to keep things civil may also help preserve a co-parenting relationship after the divorce.

Sometimes, fights spill over into the professional sphere. A person may feel as though a spouse deserves it if an argument happens in the workplace, but it can affect that person’s earnings. In turn, this may influence how much property there is to divide. A person whose professional reputation and earning capacity has been damaged by conflict over the divorce might also have more leverage in decisions about property division. Conflict with a spouse can affect custody proceedings as well, making it look as though one parent is erratic and does not show good judgment. In all circumstances, people should try to avoid being drawn into an argument with a spouse. They should also avoid any conflict on social media.

Even if a couple is not in litigation, emotions about divorce can spill over into the negotiating process and cause problems. It is important for people to protect themselves financially in divorce, but they should not let anger at the spouse lead to stonewalling any kind of settlement. Some people may be tempted to agree to unfavorable division of property to get the divorce over with quickly. An attorney may be able to assist a person in determining what constitutes reasonable terms.

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