Blog Posts in 2014

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What Does the Court do with Gifts and Inheritance During a Divorce?

If you are facing a divorce in Washington and are wondering if you will be able to keep a gift or inheritance, the first thing you should know is that Washington is one of nine states that are ...
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Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

For many people, the holiday season causes as much stress as it does joy – especially if you are a divorced parent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately four million divorced ...
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On the Future of Law: Comments on the ABA Futures Commission's Issues Paper

By Sands McKinley, Founder On November 3, 2014 the American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on the Future of Legal Services released an Issues Paper which solicits comments from the public. The ...
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How to Avoid Inessential Spending During Divorce

Going through a divorce is emotionally taxing. Unfortunately, your psychological well-being isn't the only thing at stake; research suggests that post-divorce overspending is problem for many ...
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Upcoming CLEs: Advanced & Emerging Family Law Issues

Attorneys from McKinley Irvin will be presenting at these upcoming CLEs: Family Law: Advanced Issues (WA CLE – 6.00) Featuring MI attorneys Laura Carlsen, Lindsay Camandona, Kim Schnuelle, and ...
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Can I Afford to Get Divorced?

According to researchers, finances are a common factor in many divorces, surpassed only by young marriages and lack of education. Getting a divorce isn't free though, and even if financial ...
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What Every Seattle Divorce Lawyer Should Be Telling You

Divorce laws are different in every state, and even vary between counties. If you're seeking a divorce in Seattle, Washington, you need an attorney who can help you understand the ins and outs of ...
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Do Grandparents Have Legal Custody Rights?

our Under Washington law, grandparents do not have legal custody or visitation rights to their grandchildren. This was not always the case – Washington once had a statute which permitted a ...
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The Best Countries for International Adoption

Adoption is a big decision, and international adoptions come with even more choices. If you're considering an international adoption, the first question you need to answer is, "Where should I ...
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10 Obscure Divorce Laws Still on the Books

Divorce is a serious issue, but it can be refreshing to look at it from a lighthearted perspective. In the United States and abroad, there still exist some obscure divorce laws that would make anyone ...
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Don't Get Divorced Without Answering These 5 Questions

You may be considering divorce, or perhaps you have already committed to dissolving your marriage. Whichever phase you find yourself in, we encourage you to answer the following five questions before ...
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5 Advantages of Getting an Annulment

Annulment does not acknowledge a beginning and end of a marriage like divorce, but rather it says that an official union never existed. In Washington State, this type of separation is not referred to ...
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Social Security Benefits After Divorce

As a divorced spouse, you may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits based on your own or your former spouse's contributions to the system. The Social Security system allows for benefits ...
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How to Prepare for the Divorce Process

Preparing for divorce may seem like a difficult and overwhelming task, but preparation is key to keeping your sanity and ensuring that the process goes smoothly. At McKinley Irvin, our Washington ...
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7 Potential Adoption Roadblocks

Whether voluntary or involuntary, a parent's rights must be terminated before their child can be adopted. Adoptive parents will tell you that there are many potential roadblocks you can encounter ...
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MI's College Kids

For many years, founders Sands McKinley and Rita Irvin have helped out their college-bound family members by buying them a laptop, printer and computer bag -- and have now implemented this wonderful ...
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McKinley Irvin Welcomes Renowned Seattle Family Law Attorney Gordon W. Wilcox

We are happy to announce that Seattle family law and divorce attorney Gordon W. Wilcox has joined our firm as of counsel. Gordon brings over 35 years of experience to McKinley Irvin, is an AAML ...
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Six Tips for Communicating with a Seattle Divorce Lawyer

A successful divorce starts with the right attorney, but even a skilled legal advocate needs the right information to handle your case. Communication is the most important factor in a positive ...
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2015's "Lawyer of the Year" and Best Lawyers in America -- Right Here at McKinley Irvin

We would like to announce that Marc Christianson and David Starks have both been named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 in the field of family law for the Seattle metro area. There are only 17 ...
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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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What is the Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

Guardianship and custody are similar but distinct concepts that describe the legal relationships between an adult and a child. Although often mistaken for one another, these relationships differ in a ...
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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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McKinley Irvin's 2014 Oregon Rising Stars

McKinley Irvin is proud to congratulate our attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion on the 2014 Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. These lists represent the top 5% highest ...
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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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Washington Domestic Partnerships Set to Become Legal Marriages

At the end of this month, thousands of same-sex couples in Washington state will become legally married – without having to do anything. As a result of a provision included in the 2012 state law ...
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