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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The 50% divorce myth

If someone ever tells you that 50% of couples get divorced, and you think that sounds far too simple to be true, you’re right. It’s not true, but it is such a common myth that most people have heard it at least once in their lives.

What is the truth? It’s a lot harder to pinpoint. It changes all the time. If someone says that they heard 10 years ago that half of all marriages end in divorce, that statistic — even if it was true — is outdated. Actually, divorce rates are falling, not rising.

The highest some experts have recorded is 41%. There were predictions about hitting 50%, which some people interpreted as reality, but it never happened. Since that high point, the percentage has dropped.

It also depends on age. There is evidence that young people tend to have lower divorce rates, while gray divorce — those over 50 — is on the rise. So, you clearly can’t apply the same statistic to a couple in their 60s and another in their 30s. They’re simply not living the same lives.

Why do young people get divorced less often? Part of it is the increasing age of marriage. They also know more about the process. As a result, some have said that they’re “getting smarter about marriage” and also waiting longer, which increases the odds that the relationship will make it.

Marriage and divorce cannot be summed up in one stat. They’re more complex than that, and so is the process of getting divorced. Those who are interested in doing so need to take the time to really understand all of the options they have.

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