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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Why settle a divorce rather than going to trial?

Many New Jersey couples may find themselves trapped in a conflict when they decide to divorce. Before they decided to end the marriage, they may have found themselves arguing frequently and disagreeing about almost everything. As a result, it may seem like it is almost impossible to negotiate a settlement and there is no choice but to go to trial. However, many people may prefer to settle their divorce in order to save time and money, even if they have a conflicted relationship with their estranged spouse.

In some cases, it may be necessary to go to trial. This may be the case if one party refuses to negotiate or insists on an unacceptable situation, particularly in contexts involving abuse or financial manipulation. However, for many other people, a negotiated settlement may be a preferable option. In the first place, they will, in most cases, need to move to a co-parenting relationship, with both involved in their children’s lives for years to come. Negotiating a child custody agreement and a parenting plan can be the first step in that transition to dealing with each other primarily as co-parents who need to work together despite their differences.

Other people may want to negotiate a divorce settlement to finalize the process more quickly and efficiently. Due to backlogs in many family courts, it can take months longer to go to trial than to reach a settlement, and the level of legal work involved is far more complex and time-consuming during a trial.

There are multiple strategies that people may pursue in order to protect their interests during a divorce. A family law attorney may help a divorcing spouse to reach a mutually acceptable outcome on property division, spousal support and other key issues.

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