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Does Adultery Affect Divorce?

While adultery may be grounds for divorce in regards to a person’s emotions, in the state of Washington (and in most other states), the law does not recognize infidelity as “grounds” ...
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How Long Does the Average Divorce Take in Washington State?

Because each couple’s situation is different, the amount of time it will take for a divorce to be finalized in Washington will vary. The exact amount of time will depend largely on whether the ...
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How to Choose the Right Divorce Lawyer

One of the most important choices that you will make if you are going through a divorce in Seattle is your divorce attorney. There are many attorneys to choose from and it can be difficult to know ...
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Seattle Met Highlights MI Attorney Laura Carlsen in Top 50 Washington Women Lawyers of 2015

MI would like to congratulate our own Laura Carlsen for ranking in the Seattle Met's "2015 Top 50 Women Super Lawyers." Laura has been a family law attorney with McKinley Irvin since ...
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"Why Can't We Share a Divorce Attorney?"

Divorce raises many questions. For some, the most important question is “Who gets the house?” or “Will I get sole custody of my children?” For couples facing a low-conflict ...
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Can Divorce Affect Your Credit?

You built a life with someone here in Seattle and now that life has changed—and you’re getting divorced. As you prepare yourself for this change, one of the things that you should give ...
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How Divorce May Affect Children and What to Do About It

Going through a divorce is a difficult experience for anyone, but it is especially traumatic on children. Often, one parent essentially disappears from the family home, even if they still see that ...
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Medical Decisions & Divorce: Why Khloe Kardashian Was Legally Responsible for Lamar Odom

By Brent Bohan, Associate Entertainment headlines came fast and furious when former NBA and reality TV star, Lamar Odom, was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. And while Odom and wife, Khloe ...
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Unmarried couples living together: What are your legal rights?

In place of common law marriage, Washington recognizes committed intimate relationships (also known as meretricious relationships). These are relationships that mimic a marriage and give you legal ...
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5 Unusual Facts about Family Law in Washington State

The laws that govern family rights and relationships – marriages, partnerships, parent/child – are pretty similar in most states. However, each state usually has a few quirks in how they ...
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What Assets are (and are Not) Divided in a Washington Divorce?

Part of the process of going through a divorce is dividing property, but it can be difficult to determine what assets are considered eligible. Property falls under the category of either community ...
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When Divorce Makes you a Better Parent

A “ divorce selfie ” went viral last week – new divorcee Shannon Neuman posted a selfie of herself and her now ex-husband Chris Neuman outside the courthouse where they finalized ...
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Is There a Bigger Threat to Marriages than Ashley Madison?

Since the night of August 18 th, when hackers released personal information on 31.3 million users of the adultery website Ashley Madison, news of the fallout keeps getting sadder and more debauched. ...
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Surprising Stats on Social Media & Divorce - Infographic

IS FACEBOOK CAUSING DIVORCES? Social media (and the drama and temptations that come with it) is having a big impact on marriages. So big, in fact, that 1 in 3 divorces start as online affairs. And ...
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Can I Modify or Appeal my Divorce Settlement?

Once you sign your divorce agreement, or after a family court has issued a judgment, it can be difficult to change the terms of your divorce. There are circumstances, however, when pursuing a ...
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New: A Guide for Social Media & Digital Communications in Divorce

Social media, text messages, emails, and other digital communications are now routinely cited in divorce cases. We've published our latest divorce guide, " Digital Divorce: A Guide for Social ...
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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

We’ve all heard divorce stories — from high-conflict courtroom battles, to collaborative divorce, to “conscious uncoupling.” There are many ways people end a marriage. Yet, ...
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13 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Selected to Washington Super Lawyers 2015

Over half of our firm's practicing attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion on the 2015 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Only 5% of all attorneys are chosen for ...
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Why We Support Pike Place Market Foundation

Just a few blocks from McKinley Irvin’s Seattle offices, the Pike Place Market has long been Seattle’s top attraction. More than 10 million visitors are greeted every year by ...
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The Stepparent's Guide to Adoption

Families pursue stepparent adoption for many reasons. Blending families is never easy, but stepparent adoption has many advantages and formalizes the relationship between a child and his/her ...
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How Will Divorce Affect My Business?

Getting a divorce can be a stressful and overwhelming process, especially for a business owner. Whether you own your own business or share ownership with your spouse, divorce will likely create some ...
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What Happens if You Violate a Parenting Plan?

When a parent violates a court-ordered or agreed upon parenting plan, they run the risk of being held in contempt of court. Not only that, but they could face custody and visitation-related ...
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Who Pays the Bills During a Divorce?

Many obstacles pervade the early stages of divorce. If you and your spouse have separated and hope to terminate your marriage, you might wonder who is responsible for paying the household bills. ...
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Debt & Divorce: What You Should Know

The average American household carries more than $15,000 in credit card debt, not to mention a $155,000 mortgage and over $30,000 in student loans. While most Americans regularly incur significant ...
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Anatomy of a Divorce

The factors that lead to divorce are not always obvious. Or are they? If divorce is on your mind, the right knowledge can go a long way to help you achieve a positive outcome. FURTHER READING ON ...
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