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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What are the requirements to divorce in Pennsylvania?

Sometimes, marriages just don’t work out. It’s not necessarily one person or the other’s fault, sometimes people just grow apart. Pennsylvania law provides a remedy for those in that situation, it’s called divorce. If you’re looking to move on with your life here in Cranberry Township, then you’ll want to apprise yourself of the requirements that you must meet to do so.

To file for divorce in Pennsylvania, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months before your filing. You must submit your divorce petition in the county where either you or your spouse lives. You must demonstrate that you have the intention of staying in Pennsylvania for an indefinite period to be considered as a resident of the state.

Pennsylvania allows for both at-fault and no-fault divorces

There are several types of no-fault divorces including insanity or mental illness. A spouse can request to end their marriage if their spouse has been housed in a mental institution for at least 18 months and has no reasonable possibility of being released.

Both spouses may also mutually agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken. A husband or wife may also unilaterally claim that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Spouses may initiate divorce proceedings if they’ve lived apart for at least two years as well.

Pittsburgh spouses can also file for divorce on many at-fault grounds. They can do so in instances of desertion or absence from the home for no apparent reason for at least a year or if abuse is happening in the home that may endanger the life or health of the spouse. Other at-fault grounds include adultery, bigamy or any other circumstances that a spouse may find intolerant or undignified.

A divorce can be a very painful and difficult process to go through. In such trying times, it may be reasonable for you to seek out the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney to help guide you through the troubled waters that divorce may bring.

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