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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Get the custody schedule you want with mediation or collaboration

You know that your divorce could have a negative impact on your children, but you still want to make sure that your voice is heard and that you don’t have to give up what you want. Your attorney will be there with you throughout your case to help you, especially if you do decide to litigate, but something to keep in mind is that litigation may not be the right choice.

Children surrounded by turmoil are more likely to struggle with a divorce than those who are not. That’s why you should carefully consider if taking custody concerns to court is right for you or them. Alternatively, you may be able to go through mediation or collaborative law sessions to work out a custody schedule that you agree with.

Mediation and collaborative law can work if you and your spouse both agree to work on reaching a solution. For example, in mediation, a third party sits with you and discusses the options you have. You can both discuss the concerns you have (as well as your preferences). The mediator is there to keep the conversation on track, helping you reach a resolution.

Collaborative law is similar, and you both have your own attorney who will work together with you and your spouse’s attorney to come up with solutions that will work for your situation. The goal in both collaborative law and mediation is to keep the issue out of court and to foster more positive relationships and outcomes.

Our website has more on collaborating and using mediation to resolve your disputes. If custody arrangements are a challenge for you, remember that there are ways to move forward other than litigation.

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