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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Can you depend on property division and alimony after a divorce?

Running a household isn’t easy or cheap. You may have decided that the best way for you to contribute to your family’s standard of living and quality of life was to stay home from work. When one spouse puts their career on the backburner to support the family, everyone theoretically benefits from that arrangement.

Children receive more direct parental attention and can avoid the boredom and risks that come from daycare. The family avoids expenses associated with professional help for things like cleaning, cooking or yard maintenance. The spouse who continues to work focuses on their career because they know that household matters have their spouse’s undivided attention.

Unfortunately, those benefits come at the expense of the independence and earning potential of the spouse who stays home. If you believe that a divorce is in your future, will it be possible to rely on property division and spousal support or alimony to cover your costs?

The Pennsylvania family courts do recognize unpaid household contributions

During a divorce, the Pennsylvania courts apply the equitable distribution standard to the shared marital property of the spouses. Equitable distribution involves the courts finding a fair way to split up property.

They look at a variety of household and individual factors, including earning potential and unpaid contributions to the household, as well as the current earning potential for each spouse. It is possible that with proper planning, some of those assets will be sufficient to support you at least in the short term after you divorce. While it’s impossible to predict the outcome of the process, you can presume it will be fair and reasonable.

Can you count on receiving alimony?

Unlike child support, which is automatic and mandatory, alimony isn’t a given for every divorce. In some situations, the courts may decide that one spouse needs temporary or even long-term financial aid from the other to support themselves after the divorce.

Often, such support is meant only to last as long as it takes for someone to acquire the skills or experience necessary to command a living wage. Certain special factors, such as the custody of your children and your health, can impact how much you receive and how long you can receive it.



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