Family Law

Recent Posts in the Family Law Category

  • Two MI Partners Named AAML Fellows

    Two MI Partners Named AAML Fellows McKinley Irvin is proud to announce that partners Mark Arend and Brent Bohan are now fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Established in 1962, the AAML is dedicated to fostering leadership that upholds the highest standards of professionalism and excellence within the practice of family law. Academy Fellows are selected based on their proficiency in negotiating and litigating matrimonial and family law matters, as well as their recognition among judges and peers as leading practitioners. Fellowship ...
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  • Invalidating Marriages in Washington

    Invalidating Marriages in Washington Understanding Marriage Validity Marriage validity refers to the legal recognition of a marital union in the eyes of the law. It is crucial for a marriage to be valid to ensure that both parties are afforded the legal rights and obligations that come with matrimony. Common misconceptions often stem from the misunderstanding that simply living together or having a religious ceremony without a legal civil contract constitutes a valid marriage. In reality, the precise requirements for a valid marriage vary from state to state ...
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  • Partner Samuel Page Appointed as Commissioner Pro Tempore

    Partner Samuel Page Appointed as Commissioner Pro Tempore McKinley Irvin is pleased to announce that Tacoma Partner Samuel Page has been appointed as a Commissioner Pro Tempore in Pierce County Superior Court. As a Commissioner Pro Tempore, Sam will be called to preside over matters when a sitting Commissioner is unavailable. Candidates for this role are typically selected based on various criteria, including their depth of experience and knowledge, their adeptness in objectively interpreting legal matters, and their capacity to exhibit a judicious demeanor under pressure. Sam has ...
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  • What to Expect When Divorcing a Narcissist

    What to Expect When Divorcing a Narcissist While no divorce is pleasant, divorcing a narcissistic spouse can heighten the stakes considerably. It’s important to enter a divorce with a clear head and realistic expectations. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done, especially if the marriage in question entails a history of physical, financial, or emotional abuse. However, with the help of an experienced divorce attorney, there are effective strategies to minimize the financial and emotional tolls of divorcing a narcissist. Keep reading to learn how spouses ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Welcomes Katie McGinley to our Vancouver Office

    McKinley Irvin Welcomes Katie McGinley to our Vancouver Office McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney Katie McGinley to the firm as a Senior Attorney in our Vancouver office. A certified mediator and trained collaborative divorce lawyer, Katie tailors her approach based on her client’s circumstances and desired outcome. Her experience as a former certified life coach adds another dimension to her skill set, enabling her to excel in active listening, assist individuals in identifying their interests, and offer valuable encouragement. Originally from Portland, Katie ...
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  • Are There Any Limitations to Legal Separation?

    Are There Any Limitations to Legal Separation? Understanding Legal Separation Legal separation is a court-recognized separation of spouses which allows both parties to live separately while still maintaining the legal status of being married. Distinguished from divorce, legal separation does not dissolve the marriage but provides a framework for aspects like spousal support, child custody, and property division. It's often chosen over divorce due to certain individual circumstances such as religious beliefs, the potential for reconciliation, or for maintaining certain ...
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  • Evaluators and Advocates in Child Custody Cases

    Evaluators and Advocates in Child Custody Cases In a disputed child custody or parenting time (commonly known as visitation) suit, judges make decisions that have life-long effects on a child and his or her family. To ensure that judges receive complete information and are acting in the child's best interest, either the parents or the court may seek the assistance of an expert witness or child advocate. Generally, the expert witnesses are known as child custody evaluators, and the advocates for the children are known as Guardians Ad Litem (a "GAL"). Custody evaluators and ...
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  • Gift Giving Tips for Co-Parents

    Gift Giving Tips for Co-Parents The holiday season, while a time of joy and celebration, can often pose unique challenges for co-parents. The heightened emotions and the flurry of activities can sometimes lead to misunderstandings and conflicts, especially when it comes to gift-giving for the children. Navigating these waters requires effective communication and careful planning. It's crucial to discuss beforehand who will buy what for the children, agree on spending limits, and ensure that gifts are equitable and thoughtful. Doing so can help prevent ...
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