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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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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11 McKinley Irvin Family Law Attorneys Named 2014 Washington Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

McKinley Irvin is proud to share that 11 (over half) of our firm's attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion on the 2014 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. These lists ...
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How to Divorce if You are Unsure You are Legally Married...and What to do if You're Not

It should go without saying that a person must be legally married in order to obtain a divorce. If you are facing the prospect of separating from your spouse, but are unsure of the legal status of ...
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Will Marijuana Legalization in Washington State Affect Your Divorce or Other Family Law Proceeding?

On November 6, 2012, Washington State approved Initiative 502 (‘I-502’) removing state-law criminal and civil penalties for the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana. As a ...
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