Washington’s largest family law firm’s guide helps same-sex
couples navigate the changing family law landscape
SEATTLE – July 23, 2013 – In an effort to provide up-to-date
information and guidance for same-sex couples and families in Washington
State, and in response to the recent Supreme Court decisions surrounding
marriage equality, McKinley Irvin, the leading Pacific Northwest family
law firm, has published a
Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Parenting and Divorce.
McKinley Irvin’s guide, developed under the leadership of same-sex
family law advocate and McKinley Irvin attorney,
Jill Mullins, provides an easy-to-understand, comprehensive look into the new and emerging
issues that same-sex couples now face, including:
- What legal rights are same-sex couples in Washington granted?
- How can a same-sex couple establish and protect their legal rights as a
family in Washington?
- How are a same-sex couple’s legal rights impacted when moving or
traveling to a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage?
- How should a non-biological parent establish a legal relationship with
- What does it mean now that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has
been found unconstitutional?
- What do same-sex couples need to know about divorce?
As a family law firm and leader in LGBT Family Law, McKinley Irvin has
years of experience providing counsel to same-sex couples in the areas
of marriage, domestic partnerships, divorce, custody, estate planning,
assisted reproduction, and relationship agreements.
“Same-sex couples have the same aspirations and face the same issues
as heterosexual couples. Many want to marry, become parents, and establish
a home together,” said Sands McKinley, founder of McKinley Irvin.
“Unfortunately the patchwork of legal recognition creates a complex
world for same-sex couples. We developed this guide to help educate and
empower same-sex couples in Washington to make the best choices for their
In addition to authoring this guide, Jill Mullins is McKinley Irvin’s
lead LGBT lawyer, an LGBT activist and acknowledged as an authority on
same-sex family law in Washington State. She is a board member of the
QLaw Foundation and the founder of the GLBT Legal Clinic in King County.
“I am passionate about these issues and helping LGBT families because
these issues also directly affect my life and the lives of my close friends
and family,” said Jill Mullins. “The traditional definition
of a family has evolved, but no matter how it is defined, we believe that
every family and every person regardless of their sexual orientation or
gender identity deserves the right to understand the laws affecting their
Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Parenting & Divorce
in Washington Stateis available free to the public in its entirety online with chapters covering the
History of Marriage Equality in Washington State,
Ongoing Legal Issues for Same-Sex Couples,
LGBT Parental Rights & Adoption,
The Impact of Federal Laws & DOMA on Gay Marriage,
Divorce for Same-Sex Couples and more.
McKinley Irvin proudly serves same-sex families in Washington State and
Oregon with offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Puyallup, Vancouver,
WA and Portland, OR.
ABOUT MCKINLEY IRVIN
Founded in 1991, McKinley Irvin is the Pacific Northwest’s largest
law firm focusing exclusively on the practice of family law. McKinley
Irvin is known for their effective legal representation and compassionate
client service, representing clients in family law matters including divorce
(dissolution), child custody, child support, relocation, parenting plan
and child support modifications, international family law, domestic partnerships,
and other family law practice areas. For more information, visit