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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Tips for working out parenting time schedules

One of the important components of your child custody plan is setting up the parenting time schedules. These are what you will follow to find out which parent has the children with them on specific dates. Setting these up will take some work, especially if there are complex considerations like long-distance parenting. Throughout the process, you have to be sure you’re focused on what’s best for the children. 

Most parents start with the primary schedule the children will follow. In a situation where both parents live within a reasonable distance of each other, this will probably involve transporting the children back and forth weekly. If there is a long-distance consideration, the terms might be that the child stays with one parent during the school year and the other parent during the summer. 

Once you have the basic schedule set, you can work on the special schedules. Think about the major holidays. Will the child spend one Christmas with one parent then the next one with the other parent? Alternating holidays are common in custody schedules, but some parents opt to split the holidays so the child sees both parents on every holiday. 

In long-distance cases, it might be possible to allow the child to spend longer school vacations with the parent they spend the summer with. This gives them a chance to have in-person contact during the year. You can also set a plan for virtual visits if the distance is a factor. 

Make sure that you get the parenting plan and schedule set in writing. This gives you something to refer to if there are questions about what needs to happen with the children. 

 

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