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’s the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?

Your spouse says that your emotional affair with another person online is the cause of your divorce, while you say that your spouse’s controlling nature caused the rift. You wanted to try to work things out through counseling, but your spouse wouldn’t even consider it.

Does that mean that you’re having a “contested” divorce? Not at all. While these are certainly big issues that may never really be resolved, a contested divorce usually speaks to disagreements about the practical concerns of divorce — not the emotional.

You and your spouse may never agree who really caused the divorce or whether the marriage could have been saved with a little more effort. However, you can still have an uncontested divorce as long as you can find a way to agree on things like:

  • How your liquid assets and debts will be divided
  • How other assets, like real property and cars, will be split
  • Who will stay in the marital home and who will move out
  • How much support (either spousal or child) will be paid
  • How personal household items will be split
  • What custody, visitation and parenting plan will be standard

While that seems like a pretty simple list, there are often a lot of small issues that have to be negotiated. For example, if your spouse keeps the family car, must they refinance the vehicle into their own name right away? What happens if they can’t? Those are the kinds of issues that may take extended negotiation even if you ultimately are aiming for an uncontested divorce.

If you’re ready for a divorce, find out more about how the process works and what you should do to prepare for the coming period.

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