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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New: A Guide for Social Media & Digital Communications in Divorce

Social media, text messages, emails, and other digital communications are now routinely cited in divorce cases. We've published our latest divorce guide, " Digital Divorce: A Guide for Social ...
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How Does Child Support Work in Washington State?

During the divorce process and other family law proceedings, child support often becomes a significant concern. While custody, parenting plans, visitation rights, and other aspects involving children ...
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Can I Get Divorced If My Spouse is Missing?

Getting a divorce may not always be a mutual decision, but it is almost always a process that involves the work of two people – even if they aren’t working together. In some cases, ...
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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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