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 to Start a Divorce in Washington State

Divorce in Washington State is called “dissolution of marriage” and begins with a petition. In short, the petition defines your stipulations regarding spousal support, property division, ...
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Does Adultery Affect Divorce?

While adultery may be grounds for divorce in regards to a person’s emotions, in the state of Washington (and in most other states), the law does not recognize infidelity as “grounds” ...
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How Long Does the Average Divorce Take in Washington State?

Because each couple’s situation is different, the amount of time it will take for a divorce to be finalized in Washington will vary. The exact amount of time will depend largely on whether the ...
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How to Choose the Right Divorce Lawyer

One of the most important choices that you will make if you are going through a divorce in Seattle is your divorce attorney. There are many attorneys to choose from and it can be difficult to know ...
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Seattle Met Highlights MI Attorney Laura Carlsen in Top 50 Washington Women Lawyers of 2015

MI would like to congratulate our own Laura Carlsen for ranking in the Seattle Met's "2015 Top 50 Women Super Lawyers." Laura has been a family law attorney with McKinley Irvin since ...
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"Why Can't We Share a Divorce Attorney?"

Divorce raises many questions. For some, the most important question is “Who gets the house?” or “Will I get sole custody of my children?” For couples facing a low-conflict ...
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Can Divorce Affect Your Credit?

You built a life with someone here in Seattle and now that life has changed—and you’re getting divorced. As you prepare yourself for this change, one of the things that you should give ...
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How Divorce May Affect Children and What to Do About It

Going through a divorce is a difficult experience for anyone, but it is especially traumatic on children. Often, one parent essentially disappears from the family home, even if they still see that ...
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Medical Decisions & Divorce: Why Khloe Kardashian Was Legally Responsible for Lamar Odom

By Brent Bohan, Associate Entertainment headlines came fast and furious when former NBA and reality TV star, Lamar Odom, was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. And while Odom and wife, Khloe ...
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Unmarried couples living together: What are your legal rights?

In place of common law marriage, Washington recognizes committed intimate relationships (also known as meretricious relationships). These are relationships that mimic a marriage and give you legal ...
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