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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Newborn in the home? Here’s how to deal with custody concerns

You have a newborn, and you know that their father should play a role in their life. You and he have not been together for several months, but he has said that he’d like some custody time with your child. He intends to be a good father to your child, but you’re not sure where to begin.

With an infant, child custody can be very difficult. Psychologically, it’s known that early attachment and bonding can be affected if they’re kept apart from either parent for long. Traditional custody arrangements may not be a good idea in this case.

How can you provide the best custody arrangement for an infant?

For young infants, it’s important to try to keep them in a stable environment. They may be too young to stay overnight with dad, even if bottles can be prepared. A better alternative is to have the child’s father visit at the mother’s home or in a supervised location, depending on the situation. Those visits could happen more regularly, around once or twice a day, for example, while fathers bond with their children.

As your child gets older, you’ll be able to increase the amount of time you’re apart. While an infant usually shouldn’t be away from its primary caregiver for longer than two hours at a time, older children may be able to spend more time apart.

Your goal should be to work together to come up with a schedule that takes your child’s early developmental needs into consideration. For now, it may be best if both parents can work together to have custody time in the same place or very nearby.

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