Family Law Blog

A little knowledge can go a long way to protect your assets and family relationships. Planning can save headaches and money, and can provide peace of mind. The articles and tips in this section of the McKinley Irvin website are intended to help you understand and prepare for some of the more common issues you’ll encounter in a divorce, child custody, or other family law matter.

Please be advised that family cases can be very complex. The information provided here should not be construed as legal advice in your case.

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How Will Divorce Affect My Business?

Getting a divorce can be a stressful and overwhelming process, especially for a business owner. Whether you own your own business or share ownership with your spouse, divorce will likely create some ...
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Using Legal Technicians (LLLTs) in a Family Law Matter

This March, the first exam for Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLTs) in Washington State was administered. The goal behind the LLLT program is to provide greater access to legal services to people ...
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What Happens if You Violate a Parenting Plan?

When a parent violates a court-ordered or agreed upon parenting plan, they run the risk of being held in contempt of court. Not only that, but they could face custody and visitation-related ...
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Who Pays the Bills During a Divorce?

Many obstacles pervade the early stages of divorce. If you and your spouse have separated and hope to terminate your marriage, you might wonder who is responsible for paying the household bills. ...
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Debt & Divorce: What You Should Know

The average American household carries more than $15,000 in credit card debt, not to mention a $155,000 mortgage and over $30,000 in student loans. While most Americans regularly incur significant ...
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Anatomy of a Divorce

The factors that lead to divorce are not always obvious. Or are they? If divorce is on your mind, the right knowledge can go a long way to help you achieve a positive outcome. FURTHER READING ON ...
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An Overview of the Financial Effects of Divorce

Divorce will affect every facet of your life, including your finances. Before you file, it is important to understand how the separation will influence your financial standing. Although your personal ...
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2015 Family Law Speaker Series CLEs

McKinley Irvin's Family Law Speaker Series is a program of free lunchtime CLEs that offer 1.0 live CLE credit. All CLEs are held at McKinley Irvin offices from 12 to 1pm. To view events in your ...
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Your Rights When a Domestic Partner Dies

In the United States, cohabitating partners (couples who live together) have many of the same property rights as they would if they were legally married. However, most of these laws apply to couples ...
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New Legal Services Coming to Family Law in Washington

In 2012, the Washington Supreme Court adopted APR 28, the Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians, an order intended to provide expanded access to justice for the citizens of ...
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