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 divorce assets are divided in Pennsylvania

If you are currently going through a divorce or are thinking about filing for a divorce, you will know that establishing how marital assets should be divided is perhaps one of the most important issues. Gaining a good divorce settlement will enable you to be able to move forward into your new life positively.

However, if you are unable to gain a fair divorce settlement, you may be forced to take on more work or struggle financially in the coming years. If you want to make sure that you gain the divorce settlement that you deserve, you should first gain a good understanding of the marital property laws in your state.

What are the marital property laws in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state when it comes to asset division. This means that the state does not recognize community law, which would dictate that each spouse gets a 50-50 split of all marital assets. Equitable distribution instead means that assets are divided according to what is deemed to be fair and just given the circumstances.

What factors are taken into account?

When deciding how marital assets should be divided between spouses, factors are considered, such as the length of the marriage and the income of both spouses. Nonfinancial contributions to the marriage will also be considered, as well as the potential of each spouse to gain an income in the future.

If you are thinking of filing for a divorce in Pennsylvania, you should not waste time, and make sure that you know how to get the best possible financial outcome for yourself.

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