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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You should see your children a fair amount of time

After a divorce, it’s normal for you to want to have a good relationship with your children. Most courts and attorneys will initially suggest and encourage shared custody agreements because it’s important that you have the opportunity to see your child as much as you can. It’s good for them, and it’s good for you, too.

If you are in a situation where you want to take on more custody or want to fight to keep primary custody, then it’s necessary for you to show the court why you want that arrangement in a clear, concise manner. For example, if you work from home, you may be in a fantastic position to have primary custody so that your ex-spouse can work throughout the week without having to worry about getting your kids ready for school or dealing with their afterschool activities.

On the other hand, if your ex-spouse wants to be present, it could be hard to fight for primary custody unless you can show good reasoning for limiting their time with your children. For instance, showing that there were missed visitation days or times when your spouse was unavailable to pick up your children when they were sick at school could help support your case.

As a mother, you know that custody is not guaranteed. You and your children’s father both have a right to see your children (under normal circumstances), so it’s essential that you do fight for a fair custody schedule. If your spouse is arguing for primary custody or is trying to limit your access to your children, you deserve a chance to negotiate and fight back in court if necessary.

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