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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Full Custody

Issues in Family Law: When Shared Child Custody Doesn’t Work

Understanding that courts and child psychologists agree that a shared parenting arrangement is often ideal, there are times in which a child’s interests and well being are best served by one parent maintaining sole custody. In these cases, it is vitally important to seek experienced legal representation from a lawyer who can simultaneously advocate your position and work to protect the well being of your child.

Even when the parties agree to a sole child custody arrangement, these are almost always difficult and emotional situations. Our founder, attorney Mildred B. Sweeney, is a licensed social worker who brings a thorough understanding of the psychological issues children face to her work in child custody matters.

If you need knowledgeable legal advice in a child custody dispute, contact our Pittsburgh area lawyers today. We service clients throughout western Pennsylvania including Allegheny County, Butler County, Beaver County, Lawrence County and Westmoreland County.

When Should You Seek Primary Child Custody?

There may be many reasons why one parent thinks they should have primary custody. For example, if your child’s other parent works long hours and has to hire a nanny to supervise the child, you may feel it’s best for you to have sole custody. You may be right, but we believe that the decision to seek primary or sole child custody should always be based on a well-thought-out and rational assessment of what is truly in the child’s best interests. We can help you take a hard look at the situation and come up with a plan that serves your child.

There are a few situations in which we almost always advise our clients to seek sole child custody. These include:

  • The other parent is actively using drugs or abusing alcohol
  • The other parent has untreated mental health issues
  • The other parent has neglected or abused the child

These are situations we take very seriously, and we will act quickly to protect children who are in danger. Likewise, false allegations of abuse or neglect made in order to influence child custody should be met with an aggressive legal response. We will fight to expose the truth and establish a custody arrangement that protects the child from danger or being caught in the middle of a custody dispute.

Contact Us Today

To discuss how an experienced, caring and dedicated attorney at the Sweeney Law Offices can protect your rights and your child’s best interests in a custody dispute, contact us today. Our main office is located 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. We offer free parking for your convenience. Major credit cards are accepted.