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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Co-parenting and cooperation: Do what’s right for your children

Divorce is hard enough when you don’t have children with your ex-spouse. However, when you add children into the mix, there’s another layer of challenges that you’re sure to face.

For example, if you have young children, such as those who are less than 10 years old, they’ll have a variety of questions about why you’re divorcing and the impact it will have on their future.

Once the divorce process is behind you, it’s time to turn your focus to co-parenting. Since you’re doing this alongside your ex, there’s something you must always remember: Your personal relationship or lack thereof should not get in the way of raising your children together in the best manner possible.

When both parents are dedicated to the co-parenting process, which means an honest effort to cooperate, it’s much easier to proceed with less stress.

Here are some tips that will help you cooperate and stay on the same page as your ex:

  • Understand your parenting agreement: This outlines the responsibilities and legal rights of both parents post-divorce. For example, you may have physical custody of your children, while your ex has visitation rights.
  • Find a way to effectively communicate: Many people struggle with co-parenting because they don’t have a way to communicate with their ex. They try to do so face to face, but soon find that it’s not working. You must consider all your options, which includes email and text messaging. This allows you to communicate without the tension of a face-to-face setting.
  • Always do what’s best for your children: Rather than make decisions with your best interests in mind, put your children front and center. When both of you put them first, it’s easier for them to settle into their new life.

There’s a lot that goes into effective co-parenting, with the word “cooperation” driving almost everything you do. If you’re able to work toward the greater good, which is raising your children in the appropriate manner, everyone will find themselves in a better spot.

Should your ex-spouse continually fight back, such as by violating your parenting agreement, you may have no choice but to take action by seeking a modification.

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