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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On the Future of Law: Comments to the ABA Futures Commission's Issues Paper

By Sands McKinley, Founder On November 3, 2014 the American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on the Future of Legal Services released an Issues Paper which solicits comments from the public. The ...
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How to Avoid Inessential Spending During Divorce

Going through a divorce is emotionally taxing. Unfortunately, your psychological well-being isn't the only thing at stake; research suggests that post-divorce overspending is problem for many ...
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Upcoming CLEs: Advanced & Emerging Family Law Issues

Attorneys from McKinley Irvin will be presenting at these upcoming CLEs: Family Law: Advanced Issues (WA CLE – 6.00) Featuring MI attorneys Laura Carlsen, Lindsay Camandona, Kim Schnuelle, and ...
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Can I Afford to Get Divorced?

According to researchers, finances are a common factor in many divorces, surpassed only by young marriages and lack of education. Getting a divorce isn't free though, and even if financial ...
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What Every Seattle Divorce Lawyer Should Be Telling You

Divorce laws are different in every state, and even vary between counties. If you're seeking a divorce in Seattle, Washington, you need an attorney who can help you understand the ins and outs of ...
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Do Grandparents Have Legal Custody Rights?

Washington law is nearly silent regarding grandparents' rights. Grandparents' rights have remained uncertain since 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court determined that Washington visitation laws ...
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The Best Countries for International Adoption

Adoption is a big decision, and international adoptions come with even more choices. If you're considering an international adoption, the first question you need to answer is, "Where should I ...
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10 Obscure Divorce Laws Still on the Books

Divorce is a serious issue, but it can be refreshing to look at it from a lighthearted perspective. In the United States and abroad, there still exist some obscure divorce laws that would make anyone ...
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Don't Get Divorced Without Answering These 5 Questions

You may be considering divorce, or perhaps you have already committed to dissolving your marriage. Whichever phase you find yourself in, we encourage you to answer the following five questions before ...
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5 Advantages of Getting an Annulment

Annulment does not acknowledge a beginning and end of a marriage like divorce, but rather it says that an official union never existed. In Washington State, this type of separation is not referred to ...
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