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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MI's College Kids

For many years, founders Sands McKinley and Rita Irvin have helped out their college-bound family members by buying them a laptop, printer and computer bag -- and have now implemented this wonderful ...
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McKinley Irvin Welcomes Renowned Seattle Family Law Attorney Gordon W. Wilcox

We are happy to announce that Seattle family law and divorce attorney Gordon W. Wilcox has joined our firm as of counsel. Gordon brings over 35 years of experience to McKinley Irvin, is an AAML ...
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Six Tips for Communicating with a Seattle Divorce Lawyer

A successful divorce starts with the right attorney, but even a skilled legal advocate needs the right information to handle your case. Communication is the most important factor in a positive ...
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2015's "Lawyer of the Year" and Best Lawyers in America -- Right Here at McKinley Irvin

We would like to announce that Marc Christianson and David Starks have both been named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 in the field of family law for the Seattle metro area. There are only 17 ...
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How Living Together Affects Child Support and Spousal Maintenance

What Happens to Child Support and Spousal Maintenance if You Cohabitate During or After Divorce? Couples going through a divorce are often unclear as to what legal effect, if any, moving in with a new ...
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What is the Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

Guardianship and custody are similar but distinct concepts that describe the legal relationships between an adult and a child. Although often mistaken for one another, these relationships differ in a ...
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7 Things Not To Do When You're Getting a Divorce

Divorce is a difficult decision — one that often carries profound implications for all parties involved. While in many cases divorce is inevitable, there are certain measures you can take to ...
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McKinley Irvin's 2014 Oregon Rising Stars

McKinley Irvin is proud to congratulate our attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion on the 2014 Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. These lists represent the top 5% highest ...
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High Profile People & Divorce: Russell Wilson's Personal Story Made Public

In April, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson issued a brief statement about his plans for divorce through his football team. Wilson stated simply that his decision to divorce his wife of two ...
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Washington Domestic Partnerships Set to Become Legal Marriages

At the end of this month, thousands of same-sex couples in Washington state will become legally married – without having to do anything. As a result of a provision included in the 2012 state law ...
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