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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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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Why Prenup Should Never Be A Dirty Word

We’re in Love. Why Do We Need a Prenup? If you are part of a couple contemplating marriage, a prenuptial agreement (prenup) may be one of the last things on your mind. This is understandable, as ...
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5 Tips for Getting Re-Employed after a Divorce

The prospect of a divorce can be particularly stressful for the spouse who has been out of the workplace for some time. While it may have made sense for one of the spouses to stay home during the ...
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Tips for Grandparents Seeking Custody of Grandchildren

Many states have laws that permit a court to award custody of minor children to a grandparent or other third-party with a significant relationship with that minor child. Because these laws can ...
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