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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Pittsburgh Alimony Lawyer And Spousal Support Attorney

When spouses separate, your entire financial situation changes. While child support protects your child’s needs from being impacted, the challenges of a nonworking spouse or a spouse with a reduced income must also be considered.

At Sweeney Law Offices, our attorneys work with you to secure a favorable and fair spousal support agreement. You always work personally with one of our lawyers from start to finish.

Pennsylvania Support Law

Pennsylvania family law allows for payments prior to the filing for divorce, after you have separated from your spouse. This is called spousal support.

If you continue living in the same home as your spouse, you are generally not able to receive spousal support under Pennsylvania law, unless the other person is not contributing to the household expenses.

In Pennsylvania, spousal support is paid until the divorce is filed. If the spouse receiving support is at fault for the divorce (committed one of the fault-bases grounds for filing), the other spouse may be able to get out of paying spousal support.

Alimony Pendente Lite (APL)

In Pennsylvania, after a couple files for divorce any support payments are considered alimony pendente lite, or APL. Spousal support will usually be converted into alimony pendente lite (APL) automatically. APL is designed to help both spouses move on after they file for divorce. Unlike spousal support, the spouse ordered to pay APL cannot raise an entitlement defense. Even if the other spouse is at fault, they still may be able to secure APL payments.

After the divorce is litigated, APL generally ends, being replaced by alimony payments as decided by the outcome of your case.

Contact An Experienced Pennsylvania Spousal Support Attorney Today

Our Cranberry Township law office works toward effective family law agreements for clients throughout western Pennsylvania. We assist families by providing well-grounded legal guidance and offering divorce and custody solutions for reasonable fees. If you need legal representation in a Pennsylvania spousal maintenance matter, contact our Pittsburgh alimony attorney via email or call us today at 724-742-2590. You will always speak and deal directly with an attorney.