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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Why leaving the house before your divorce may not be a great idea

Your spouse announces that they want a divorce. They ask you to leave the family home to make things easier. You’re hurt, maybe even angry, and your first thought is something like, “Fine. I don’t want to stay where I’m not wanted.”

Hold up. Before you pack your bags and head somewhere else, it’s important to consider how leaving the home before the divorce is final — or even filed — can affect your interests. Some of the negatives about leaving include:

  • Losing access to the home (and everything in it): Once the paperwork for the divorce is filed, automatic stays are set into motion that may prohibit you from intruding on your spouse’s space. If that’s the family home, you may no longer be able to access anything that’s there — even if it’s rightfully yours.
  • Unnecessary expenses: If you leave the home and stop paying your share of the bills, you open yourself up to charges that you abandoned your spouse and children — and that won’t play out well in court. Yet, it can be difficult to afford the expense of a new place plus your regular monthly bills at the family home.
  • Problems with custody: The court decides custody based on the best interests of the children, and one of the factors considered is the need for stability in a child’s life. If you leave your children in your spouse’s care when you move out, you may give them the ability to later claim that sharing custody would be disruptive. That could leave you with just visitation instead of the equal split you desire.

Naturally, you can’t just wait around and do nothing if your spouse wants a divorce. Before you decide on your next move, however, consider getting some experienced legal counsel about your situation.

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