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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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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 that your ...
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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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6 McKinley Irvin Lawyers Named to Washington Super Lawyers

We are proud to congratulate McKinley Irvin’s family lawyers who have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Washington Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list. Attorneys who earn the designation ...
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Uniform Collaborative Law Act Passes in Washington State

On May 3, 2013, Governor Inslee signed into law the Uniform Collaborative Law Act ("UCLA"). This law formally establishes Collaborative Law as a unique legal process to resolve legal issues ...
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Searching for Hidden Assets in a Divorce

"Is my spouse hiding assets?" Many people contemplating divorce or already involved in divorce proceedings may ask that unsettling question. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to search ...
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Dividing Business Assets in a Divorce

Breaking up (a business) is hard to do. The number of small and closely-held businesses has increased over the years-and so has the number of business assets in need of allocation or division in ...
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CLE on June 4: Equitable Distribution in Divorce with David Starks and Jennifer Payseno

McKinley Irvin family attorneys David Starks and Jennifer Payseno will be presenting via teleconference a 1.5 hour CLE on Equitable Distribution in Divorce. When: Tuesday, June 04, 2013, 11:00 ...
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What to Expect If You Have to Go to Trial

Family Law and Trial In a family law proceeding, the thought of trial can be intimidating. If a litigant reaches this point, it means the parties could not settle matters on their own, through ...
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8 Weird Things People Fought for in Their Divorce

We're accustomed to people battling over kids, houses and bank accounts, but some of the items below boggle the mind with their eccentricity, specificity and downright meanness (see kidney). These ...
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Purchasing Property During a Divorce

If you are undergoing a divorce, you may find yourself in the position of needing to make significant purchases, such as a more reliable vehicle to transport children, furniture to outfit a separate ...
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