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What Every Seattle Divorce Lawyer Should Be Telling You

Divorce laws are different in every state, and even vary between counties. If you're seeking a divorce in Seattle, Washington, you need an attorney who can help you understand the ins and outs of ...
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10 Obscure Divorce Laws Still on the Books

Divorce is a serious issue, but it can be refreshing to look at it from a lighthearted perspective. In the United States and abroad, there still exist some obscure divorce laws that would make anyone ...
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Don't Get Divorced Without Answering These 5 Questions

You may be considering divorce, or perhaps you have already committed to dissolving your marriage. Whichever phase you find yourself in, we encourage you to answer the following five questions before ...
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5 Advantages of Getting an Annulment

Annulment does not acknowledge a beginning and end of a marriage like divorce, but rather it says that an official union never existed. In Washington State, this type of separation is not referred to ...
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Social Security Benefits After Divorce

As a divorced spouse, you may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits based on your own or your former spouse's contributions to the system. The Social Security system allows for benefits ...
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How to Prepare for the Divorce Process

Preparing for divorce may seem like a difficult and overwhelming task, but preparation is key to keeping your sanity and ensuring that the process goes smoothly. At McKinley Irvin, our Washington ...
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Six Tips for Communicating with a Seattle Divorce Lawyer

A successful divorce starts with the right attorney, but even a skilled legal advocate needs the right information to handle your case. Communication is the most important factor in a positive ...
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How Living Together Affects Child Support and Spousal Maintenance

What Happens to Child Support and Spousal Maintenance if You Cohabitate During or After Divorce? Couples going through a divorce are often unclear as to what legal effect, if any, moving in with a new ...
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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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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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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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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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What You Need to Know About Divorce and Taxes

It’s March, and tax season is upon us. For those who have been divorced in the past year or are in the midst of a divorce, it can be more complicated and frustrating than usual. To provide some ...
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How Facebook and Other Social Media Can Affect Your Family Law Case

As a society, we have become more dependent on technology and many of us have developed a strong social media presence. We share our thoughts, our photos, and our personal details on websites (and ...
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How to Retrieve Your Personal Items During a Divorce

A common source of tension and confusion for couples going through a divorce concerns the disposition of personal items that remain in the formerly shared marital residence during the course of ...
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5 situations when you really need a Seattle family attorney

There are situations when the assistance of a family law attorney can provide you with more options, better information, or other advantages that you may not have if you act on your own. Having ...
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How the Length of Your Marriage May Affect Your Divorce

The length of a marriage is one of several important factors for a court's consideration in a divorce and is primarily relevant to two aspects of a marital dissolution: the division of marital ...
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The 5 Most Important Assets to Protect in a Divorce

When facing a divorce, your mind will likely be racing as you think about everything you want to protect, from your finances and property to your relationship with your children. In this post, we are ...
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How to Create a Workable Long-Distance Parenting Plan

When the homes of divorced or separated parents are far away from each other, or if either parent relocates a significant distance away, a long-distance parenting plan can provide the children and ...
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When Should I Seek a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

A Domestic Violence Protection Order (sometimes shortened to “DVPO” and sometimes referred to as a “restraining order”) is one of the primary tools offered by the court system ...
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How to Serve Someone Who Is Avoiding Service

Just like any other lawsuit, a family law case begins with the filing of a complaint (or, in some states, a petition). And, just like any other lawsuit, a summons and a copy of the complaint or ...
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Understanding “Fair and Equitable” Division of Property in a No-Fault Divorce

The laws of the vast majority of the United States instruct courts to divide a divorcing couple's assets and provide spousal support (alimony) in a "fair and equitable" manner. A fair ...
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The Hazards of Email, Text Messages & Social Media in a Divorce

Email. Texting. Facebook. Instagram. Any one of these methods of electronic communication can—and have—been used as evidence in court. For people going through a divorce, you should expect ...
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The 5 most important qualities your divorce lawyer MUST have

Aside from the death of a loved one, a divorce is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. Finding a divorce lawyer can be a daunting task when you’re faced with so many ...
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