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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How does Pennsylvania divide your property?

Pennsylvania uses the equitable distribution standard when splitting assets between spouses in a divorce. That means that judges try to find a fair way to split up marital assets between spouses. They look at the total value of the marital estate and the circumstances of both the marriage and the individual spouses to determine what is fair and appropriate.

When it comes to your home, the primary consideration that will determine whether the courts divide or not is whether your home is separate property owned solely by you or marital property shared by you and your spouse.

Typically, houses are major investments that both spouses contribute toward. However, if you owned your house outright prior to marriage or it was part of an inheritance, you may have grounds to claim it as separate property. The same is true if you and your ex agreed that you would retain the house as separate property in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.

However, even if you think your house may be separate property, your spouse could still potentially have a claim to some of its value. If they help to pay the mortgage or other expenses involved in the upkeep of the house or if they performed substantial physical labor that contributed toward its maintenance or improvement, your spouse could potentially have a claim to some of the value of the property.

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