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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Benefits of Collaborative Law

Working Together To Find a Solution

Divorce doesn’t have to be confrontational. Disputes over property division, custody and child support don’t have to escalate into a courtroom conflict. You don’t have to spend the time and money on litigation to obtain a fair and reasonable resolution to family law matters.

At the Sweeney Law Offices, we help people in the Pittsburgh area and throughout western Pennsylvania work together and use collaborative law techniques to find real solutions to disputes in divorce. To discuss your case with an experienced lawyer and persuasive negotiator, contact us today.

Why Choose Collaborative Law?

When compared to a traditional divorce — or even divorce mediationcollaborative divorce can offer substantial benefits to all parties involved. These benefits may include:

Control: In collaborative law proceedings, you maintain control of the process and the ultimate outcome. You aren’t relying on a judge who is unfamiliar with you and your family to make important decisions.

Communication: Collaborative law encourages respect and fosters cooperation, instead of a win or lose attitude. This will often be very useful going forward.

Trust: The collaborative process is transparent, meaning that both parties agree to full disclosure and open discussion of the issues in dispute.

Resources: Collaborative law proceedings often make use of experts such as parenting coaches and financial planners who can assist in the creation of a plan that serves the needs and interests of all parties.

Savings: Like other methods of alternative dispute resolution, collaborative law offers parties an opportunity to work out a mutual agreement that saves the time and expense of a trial.

Commitment: All parties involved in collaborative law proceedings — divorcing spouses, attorneys and experts — agree to see the process through. If the collaborative process breaks down, attorneys and experts are required to withdraw.

Confidentiality: Unlike court proceedings, expert testimony and personal statements given in the framework of the collaborative law process are not made part of the public record. This is an important benefit for those who are concerned about the personal and professional consequences of information that may be divulged in the course of a traditional, litigated divorce.

In addition to the practical benefits offered by collaborative law, finding an amicable way of resolving family disputes can have a positive psychological impact, particularly on children. Scientific studies indicate that children suffer less stress and recover more quickly in divorce situations that are resolved through collaborative or mediated proceedings.

Contact Us Today

To discuss your family’s legal needs with an experienced collaborative family law attorney, 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.

Please continue reading for more information about the collaborative process and the use of collaborative law techniques in high asset divorce.