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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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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An Overview of the Financial Effects of Divorce

Divorce will affect every facet of your life, including your finances. Before you file, it is important to understand how the separation will influence your financial standing. Although your personal ...
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2015 Family Law Speaker Series CLEs

McKinley Irvin's Family Law Speaker Series is a program of free lunchtime CLEs that offer 1.0 live CLE credit. All CLEs are held at McKinley Irvin offices from 12 to 1pm. To view events in your ...
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Your Rights When a Domestic Partner Dies

In the United States, cohabitating partners (couples who live together) have many of the same property rights as they would if they were legally married. However, most of these laws apply to couples ...
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New Legal Services Coming to Family Law in Washington

In 2012, the Washington Supreme Court adopted APR 28, the Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians, an order intended to provide expanded access to justice for the citizens of ...
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How to Have a Financially Smart Divorce

Money problems are a leading cause of divorce in the United States. In fact, most people at least mention finances as one of several reasons for terminating their marriage. While financial ...
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5 Divorce Tips for Men and Fathers

Men and fathers in divorce cases often do little to protect their rights because they believe that judgments will always favor the mother in these types of situations. While custody laws and other ...
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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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