Blog Posts in 2013

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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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McKinley Irvin makes the list - U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in 2014

McKinley Irvin has been named a Tier 1 firm in Seattle for Family Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2014. A total of nine law firms were named in the family ...
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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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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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5 Misconceptions About Common-Law Marriage

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis did it. Maybe. So did Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Probably. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are still doing it. What is it these famous couples have been doing? They ...
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2 McKinley Irvin Attorneys in “Best Lawyers in America” 2014

We are proud to recognize two of our attorneys for their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of Family Law: Marc Christianson and David Starks. Best Lawyers® is the ...
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Mckinley Irvin's New Look

We recently took a good, long look at why our clients entrust McKinley Irvin attorneys with their important family law matters: they need someone who understands what they’re going through and ...
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What is the “Best Interests of the Child” Standard?

When a family law proceeding involves children, there is almost certainly heard argument over what is in the “best interests of the child.” Anyone involved in such a case should ...
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5 Must Know Facts About International Adoption

Adopting a child from another country involves many legal steps, both in the U.S. and the country where the child lives. For a successful international adoption (sometimes referred to as an ...
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New Legal Guide on Same-Sex Marriage, Parenting & Divorce in WA State

McKinley Irvin is pleased to announce the publication of our comprehensive online Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Parenting & Divorce in Washington State. Written by our own Jill Mullins, this ...
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How a Team Approach Can Lower Your Legal Costs

Having more than one person on your legal team may seem like a recipe for higher legal bills, but a team approach can actually help you keep costs down. How so? Because it allows for delegation of ...
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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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Why Native Americans Families Should Re-Consider Professional Estate Planning Services

Having a well thought-out will or other estate planning instrument in place can provide peace of mind and financial benefits for any family. This is particularly true for Native American families. The ...
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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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Ins & Outs of a Will, Living Will & Trust

Estate planning is an important legal tool often put on the back burner because people are very busy with their day-to-day activities. Before putting off estate planning any further, it is important ...
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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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Should I Get a Legal Separation?

Couples struggling with a marriage are faced with many questions. Where did we go wrong? What do we do now? What is the best choice for me and my family? In some cases the answer may be a legal ...
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