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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Secure The Alimony Payments You Need

After your divorce is finalized, the court may order alimony payments as part of your divorce terms. Pennsylvania law allows for alimony to be granted to a spouse who is unable to live the same standard of living, or who cannot meet their “reasonable needs,” given the distribution of assets in the divorce.

At Sweeney Law Offices, we work with you from the moment you separate from your spouse. Whether you need spousal support leading up to filing a divorce, need alimony pendente lite over the duration of your divorce litigation or need us to fight for the fair alimony payments you need, our alimony lawyers can help.

How Is Alimony Determined In Pennsylvania?

Family law judges consider a number of factors when rewarding alimony in Pennsylvania:

  • The income, earnings, assets, liabilities and earning potentials of each spouse
  • The sources of that income (including medical, retirement, insurance and other benefits)
  • The physical, mental and emotional health of each spouse
  • The duration of the marriage
  • If one spouse contributed to the increased earning potential of the other (such as through education or training)
  • The custody agreement, when there are children involved
  • The standard of living of each spouse during the marriage
  • The ability for each spouse to find appropriate employment after the divorce
  • Any “marital misconduct” by either spouse during the marriage and before the separation

These are just some of the factors that need to be considered. Our lawyers work with you to look at your entire situation as a whole, developing a strategy to secure the full alimony you need following your divorce.

Duration Of Alimony And Support

Pennsylvania courts determine how long you are entitled to receive alimony payments. Sometimes, these payments may simply be temporary, or rehabilitative, to give the spouse time to earn their own income. In some instances, alimony may be awarded permanently. These alimony payments, however, are terminated once the receptive spouse remarries, enters another marriage-like situation or dies.

Learn About Your Rights — Call 724-742-2590 To Get Started

Divorce and alimony can be complicated subjects to navigate alone. The stakes may be high, so experience matters now more than ever. Reach out to our attorneys in Cranberry Township to discuss your unique case and defend your rights to alimony.