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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Paternity

Pittsburgh Paternity Lawyer

Being the father of a child can bring significant financial responsibilities, though not necessarily the right to have a relationship with the child. While establishing paternity is a simple process, the legal ramifications of fatherhood can be very complex. Sweeney Law Offices has represented both mothers and fathers in numerous paternity cases in Pennsylvania.

Call us at 724-742-2590 for a consultation. We can discuss your situation and how we may be able to achieve your legal goals.

Establishing Paternity

To collect the DNA needed for a paternity test, a few skin cells are scraped from the mouths of the child and the purported father. The process is simple, quick, and painless. The two samples are then analyzed and compared in a medical laboratory to determine whether the man is the father of the child. DNA testing as practiced today has a very high accuracy rate, although there are factors that can cast doubt on the results. If needed, Sweeney Law Offices will consult with some of the nation’s leading DNA testing experts to support or refute the test results in contested paternity cases.

Paternity and Child Support

A biological father can be required to pay child support. Sweeney Law Offices represents mothers who wish to establish the parentage of a child for the purposes of obtaining child support.

We can also represent a man in a dispute over the parentage of a child. A man in this situation needs to be aware that once he is declared the father of a child, it can be very difficult, if not impossible to avoid responsibility for paying child support until the child is 18 years old. A lawyer at our firm can discuss your legal options with you.

Paternity and Child Visitation

As the biological father of a child, a man may or may not have visitation and father’s rights. It may be possible to obtain these rights, the ability to enjoy a relationship with the child, and even custody, but this will almost certainly require legal action. Sweeney Law Offices has extensive experience with paternity as it relates to child visitation. We can evaluate your situation, advise you, and take action to establish your visitation and parental rights. We can represent mothers with custodial rights who do not wish to share custody with the biological father.

For a consultation with Sweeney Law Offices call 724-742-2590, or contact us online.

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