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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Struggling emotionally with your divorce? Here are tips that can help

You may believe in the power of positive thinking, but right now you’re positive that you’re totally overwhelmed by your divorce. Your spouse is showing a very ugly side you never suspected was there. Money is tight, so you’re constantly under pressure. Plus, formerly solid friendships seem to have virtually vanished overnight, leaving you without much of a support group.

What can you do to keep your mental health intact and your emotional equilibrium? Consider these tips that can help you cope with the situation:

  1. Prioritize your time. It’s easy to let your divorce take over your thoughts and occupy all your spare time — but it’s unhealthy. Compartmentalizing your thoughts and emotions may take practice, but it’s honestly the best way to avoid becoming consumed by your divorce.
  2. Drop a few burdens. It’s okay if you don’t feel like being the room mom or dad at your child’s school this year. It’s also okay if you just don’t have the energy to deal with certain people. If you find that someone you know is simply exhausting or unable to respect your boundaries and stop talking about your divorce, take a break from them.
  3. Find something new. Your old life is over, so it may be time to find a new hobby, throw yourself into your education or start a new enterprise. It may also be time to branch out and find new friends — or look up some old ones. Having something else to focus on can make dealing with divorce much easier.
  4. Ask for help. Your loyal friends and family members want to help, but they may not know how. Tell them what you need and ask for their assistance — even if that’s just something like running errands for you, watching your child while you’re in court or going out for coffee so you can talk.

Finally, make sure that you are informed about the divorce process, including what you can expect during negotiation and what happens if you have to go in to court. Your attorney may be your best ally during this time.

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