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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Family Law Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Family law can be complicated to navigate alone. That is why Sweeney Law Offices is here to help. When you have questions, our attorneys are here with answers.

Below are just some of the answers to the family law questions we hear most often. For answers to more specific questions on your case, schedule an initial consultation in our Cranberrry Township office, conveniently located just north of downtown Pittsburgh.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

Once you file your complaint in Pennsylvania, there is a 90-day waiting period before you can continue with your divorce. If both parties agree to the terms, you may be able to finalize the divorce shortly after this 90-day period. Some divorces, however, can take years to resolve. Our job as your family lawyer is to get efficient and effective results, so you can move forward with your life as quickly as possible.

How are assets divided during a divorce?

Pennsylvania divides property and assets according to a process known as equitable division. If your case makes it to trial, a family court judge will determine the most fair way to divide the marital estate between both parties.

Equitable, however, doesn’t necessarily mean equal. In cases where one spouse contributed more time or money to the marital estate, they may be entitled to a larger portion of the assets. This is just one reason why it’s crucial to have an experienced family law attorney by your side.

Can I move out of state with my child after a divorce?

Pennsylvania does not allow you to simply relocate with your child after your divorce, as this will significantly impact your child custody agreement and the upbringing of your child. In order to move out of state or a far distance within the state, you must either receive consent from the other parent or explicit permission from the court.

Does my child have a say in which parent receives custody?

While your child does not get a final say, your child’s opinion on the matter may be taken into account when determining the terms of your child custody arrangement. There are many other factors at play, however, and the judge will always make their decision based on what is best for the child (which may be different from what they prefer).