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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Information to gather when filing for divorce

When you file for divorce, you’re asking to break a legal contract with your spouse. You have that right, of course, but it’s important to remember that this is a legal process and not just the end of a romantic relationship.

If you had signed a business partnership agreement that you wanted to break, for instance, it would be clear that you’d need to look into the proper steps to take and gather all pertinent information. This is the same approach you need to apply to your divorce. With that in mind, here are some of the documents you should begin get together before you meet with a family law attorney:

  • Proof of income for both you and your spouse
  • The tax returns you have filed over the last three years, at a minimum
  • A copy of your prenuptial agreement if you have one
  • Statements for investment accounts, retirement accounts and pensions
  • A copy of your life insurance documents
  • Credit card statements and any documents relating to loans, such as your mortgage
  • Bank statements
  • Proof of the bills you have to pay, including everything from the electric bill to a child’s tuition
  • Proof of any major purchases
  • Information regarding separate property, such as an inheritance that you have kept separate from your other finances
  • All insurance policies
  • A current budget and, if possible, a proposed post-divorce budget
  • Your estate planning documents, such as a will, trust and advance directive
  • A list of all items that you own that have significant value

This is not everything that you will need, but it helps you get started and see what types of things you need to focus on as you start exploring your legal options with your attorney.

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