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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Child custody: What’s the big deal about establishing paternity?

In the modern world, many children are born out of wedlock and go on to have wonderful lives with love and support from both parents. However, there are many other situations in which the child and the father suffer from an inability to form a close relationship. Sometimes, the mother blocks any attempts by the father to cultivate a relationship. Other times, the father may simply be unaware of his rights.

More than ever dads, unmarried or not, want to experience all the joy that comes with parenthood. These fathers typically take a much more active role in raising their kids than dads did in previous eras. Such involvement with children is a great thing for fathers and children alike, but unmarried dads can risk losing their rights if they fail to protect themselves.

This is why establishing your paternity if you are not married to the child’s mom is so important. Without establishing paternity, you can lose your child custody and visitation rights. Fortunately, there are several ways unmarried fathers in Cranberry Township, PA, can legalize paternity.

  • You and the mother can marry after the child is born and sign a form
  • You claim the child as your own and offer love and support to the child
  • When there is sufficient evidence (e.g. a genetic test) that the child is yours
  • Filing an acknowledgment of paternity with the mother’s consent

Protecting your rights to child custody and visitation is not something to take lightly. In most unmarried situations, a family law attorney can help if you are afraid of losing contact with your child. By taking the right legal steps, you and your children can continue cultivating the bond you share for the rest of your lives.

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