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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The Collaborative Process

Resolving Disputes Without Going to Court

The collaborative process in divorce came into practice in California in the 1980’s. Since that time, collaborative law techniques have been used to find real solutions to countless divorce and family law disputes throughout the country.

The goal of collaborative family law is to find real, lasting solutions to difficult issues in a setting that is cooperative, amicable and reasonably harmonious. Only a small number of attorneys are experienced in the practice of collaborative law in the context of divorce in Pennsylvania. The team at the Sweeney Law Offices has received specific training from the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP) and has extensive experience in the collaborative resolution of divorce and other family law disputes.

If you are interested in exploring your options for finding a reasonable solution to a divorce, property division, child support or alimony dispute through the collaborative family law process, contact our offices in the Pittsburgh area today.

How Does the Collaborative Family Law Process Work?

Both parties involved in collaborative family law proceedings are represented by attorneys. These attorneys are specially trained to identify issues and negotiate solutions without the necessity of court intervention.

In the collaborative family law process, both parties must agree to make a good faith effort to discuss problems reasonably and work together to reach a mutually agreeable solution. If at any time during the proceedings either party threatens to resort to litigation, the collaborative family law process is terminated.

Collaborative family law is generally seen as a more harmonious – and more cost-effective – way of obtaining fair settlements in divorce, custody and support matters. Like other alternative dispute resolution methods (such as mediation), collaborative family law enables parties to resolve their differences without going to trial.

Unlike mediation, however, collaborative divorce requires a certain level of commitment to the non-adversarial process. Each party’s lawyer agrees not to represent their client should the collaborative process fail and the case goes to trial.

Also, experts used in collaborative family law sessions – including accountants and child psychologists – cannot appear in any subsequent court proceedings, nor can the parties’ statements or witnesses’ testimony be used at trial.

Want To Know More? Contact Us Today

To find out if the collaborative approach may be a real option in your case, we encourage you to talk to an experienced lawyer at our offices in Cranberry Township, located 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. We offer free parking for your convenience. Major credit cards are accepted.

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