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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Even without physical contact, affairs can end marriages

Some individuals think about sexual relationships as the only type of affair. There is another type of affair that can negatively impact a marriage – an emotional affair. When a married person has an emotional affair, they turn to someone outside of the marriage for support. This can lead to a deep connection that might eventually turn into a physical affair.

There are many warning signs that a person is having an emotional affair. One of the primary things to look for is significant changes in behavior. This can manifest in many ways.

  • A sudden interest in things that didn’t interest them before
  • Hiding electronics like their phone when you come near
  • Working late or traveling more than normal
  • Constantly talking about a certain friend than you heard about them before
  • Increase in criticism of you
  • Withdrawing from you and the relationship

It isn’t easy to confront an emotional betrayal because the person having the affair may become defensive and combative. In some cases, the affair is going to end the marriage because of the hurt the faithful partner feels.

If you realize that your marriage is over because of an emotional affair, you need to take steps to protect yourself. The fact that there was an affair might not play a role at all in the divorce proceedings, so don’t think that you’re automatically going to fare better because of what your ex did. Instead, take the time to consider the issues that must be decided and learn about the options you have so you can do what you feel is best for your situation.

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