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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Shared/Split Custody

Working Together To Raise Your Child

In Pennsylvania, court standards vary county by county with regards to equally shared legal and physical child custody. In general, the favored approach by most judges is to award some form of shared custody unless there are serious concerns about the well being of the children in this kind of arrangement.

If you are interested in establishing a shared custody arrangement in your divorce, you may wonder why it is necessary to hire an attorney. Even in a relatively amicable situation, it is very possible to make mistakes that can damage your position or lead to a potentially costly and emotionally upsetting dispute in the future.

As in many other legal matters, the role of your lawyer in establishing a shared custody arrangement is to see to it that important details are addressed and that each party’s roles and responsibilities are well-defined and set down in the divorce order. In our experience, any ambiguity can give rise to future difficulties, no matter how harmonious things seem at the moment.

At the Sweeney Law Offices, we help clients in the Pittsburgh area and throughout western Pennsylvania establish fair and workable child custody arrangements that protect their rights and serve the best interests of their children. Contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.

Is Shared Custody Right for You?

In most cases, judges and child psychologists agree: The best custody arrangement is one in which the child has frequent contact and nurturing relationships with both parents. Whether this translates to a 70/30, 60/40 or 50/50 share of custody is a matter to be resolved through negotiation, mediation, collaboration or — if all else fails — litigation.

If, however, you have grave concerns about the safety and well being of your child in a shared custody arrangement, it may be necessary to fight for sole custody or to terminate the other parent’s visitation rights. Should this be the case, the team at the Sweeney Law Offices is prepared to fight at your side.

Contact Us Today

To discuss how an experienced attorney at the Sweeney Law Offices can protect your rights and your child’s best interests in custody proceedings in western Pennsylvania, 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.

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