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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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

We’ve all heard divorce stories — from high-conflict courtroom battles, to collaborative divorce, to “conscious uncoupling.” There are many ways people end a marriage. Yet, ...
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13 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Selected to Washington Super Lawyers 2015

Over half of our firm's practicing attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion on the 2015 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Only 5% of all attorneys are chosen for ...
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Why We Support Pike Place Market Foundation

Just a few blocks from McKinley Irvin’s Seattle offices, the Pike Place Market has long been Seattle’s top attraction. More than 10 million visitors are greeted every year by ...
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The Stepparent's Guide to Adoption

Families pursue stepparent adoption for many reasons. Blending families is never easy, but stepparent adoption has many advantages and formalizes the relationship between a child and his/her ...
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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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