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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Three Big Factors That Determine Child Support in WA

Child support is one of the most common – and contentious – facets of family law. Washington state law takes a variety of factors into consideration to determine how much child support you ...
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The Average Cost of a Divorce in Washington

“How much will it cost me to get a divorce?” Divorce isn’t cheap. In fact, researchers indicate that the average American divorce costs between $10,000 and $20,000. If you are ...
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Gray Divorce: Essential Tips for Divorce after 50

More people are getting divorced later in life than ever before. In fact, 1 in 4 divorces now involve couples over the age of 50. McKinley Irvin has published a comprehensive guide that addresses the ...
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Parental Alienation: What Is It, and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is behavioral pattern of unjust dislike or hatred toward one parent. PAS is typically linked to child custody disputes during divorce. PAS was first observed by Dr. ...
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Divorce Tips for the Stay-at-Home Mom

Stay-at-home moms face special challenges during divorce, but judges rarely take these factors into consideration. Finding a job is one of the biggest post-divorce challenges you can face as a ...
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Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First?

If your marriage has come to an end and you are headed for divorce, you may want to know if it matters who files for divorce first. Many divorce attorneys argue that there really is no advantage to ...
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What Does the Court do with Gifts and Inheritance During a Divorce?

If you are facing a divorce in Washington and are wondering if you will be able to keep a gift or inheritance, the first thing you should know is that Washington is one of nine states that are ...
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Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

For many people, the holiday season causes as much stress as it does joy – especially if you are a divorced parent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately four million divorced ...
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On the Future of Law: Comments on 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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