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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What if you don’t think you need child support?

One thing that you noticed as you began your divorce is that the court wants you to decide on child support. You and your spouse are both fairly well off, and you’ve been fortunate to have great careers or independent assets. In your mind, it doesn’t make sense to have child support sent to either parent. Both of you make plenty of money and have the ability to raise your child without any financial strain.

Child support still serves a purpose, however. Child support is about more than just supporting your child’s daily needs. If you are going to be the main caregiver, that support can make it easier for you to provide your child the standard of living that they would have enjoyed if you and your spouse hadn’t split. If you don’t need the money to help cover the additional household expenses that come along with a child, you may use it to provide your child with “extras” they might not otherwise have, like additional tutors, music lessons, sports equipment and other things. 

If you and your spouse agree that child support isn’t necessary, something else you might do is to set up a college fund for your child. The parent who would ordinarily pay support can pay that money to the fund, instead. You could also set up a trust or create another arrangement so that those funds will eventually go to your child directly. 

While you can usually agree that child support isn’t needed and may be able to have it waived, this is a good opportunity to set up extra savings for your child. That’s just one option that your attorney can help you with if you decide to save for your child’s future with child support payments.

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