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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What Happens if My Spouse Doesn't Hire a Divorce Lawyer?

Regardless of the purpose, whether to save money or for personal reasons, some people simply choose not to hire an attorney to represent them during their divorce. If your spouse decides to go this ...
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What to Do Before Asking for a Divorce

Even if you feel you are ready for a divorce, it could be a good idea to take a step back and evaluate your current situation before you officially make your wishes known to your spouse. Before you ...
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Are Political Differences Causing More Divorces?

There is plenty for couples to argue about in a divorce without throwing politics into the mix, but that seems to be precisely what’s happening. Amid the current political upheaval, it seems ...
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Can I Legally Prevent My Children from Seeing Their Other Parent?

While, in many cases, it is typically better for children to have a relationship with both of their parents, there may be situations when keeping your ex out of your children’s lives is in their ...
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3 Realities About Divorce

Making the decision to seek a divorce can be very difficult – or it may be one of the easiest choices you’ve made. The important thing to realize is that everyone is different and each ...
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Laura Sell Named McKinley Irvin Law Practice Managing Partner

We are pleased to announce that McKinley Irvin Partner Laura Sell has been promoted to the McKinley Irvin executive management team as Law Practice Managing Partner. She began her new role on August ...
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Liz Michelson Named 2017 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year"

We are proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has named Liz Michelson the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in the Seattle metro area. Best Lawyers selects only one “Lawyer ...
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What is Considered Separate Property in a Divorce?

There are two general types of assets or properties in a divorce, communal assets and separate assets. In the state of Washington, everything acquired during the marriage is considered communal ...
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Summertime Co-Parenting Tips

While summer means fun and relaxation for most families, for divorced and separated parents, summer break can be quite complicated. Between day care arrangements while school is out, negotiating ...
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How to Survive Wedding Season When You Are Recently Divorced

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes warmer weather, bright and fragrant flowers, blue skies, and, of course, weddings. Weddings can be stressful for anyone, but if you’ve ...
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