Blog Posts in 2017

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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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Vicki Oslund Joins McKinley Irvin as Senior Attorney in Everett

McKinley Irvin is thrilled to welcome Senior Attorney Vicki L. Oslund to our Everett office. Vicki is a respected attorney in the family law community with more than 19 years of experience in ...
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What is Post-Secondary Child Support?

Post-secondary child support, also called post-secondary educational support, is the court-ordered payment for a child’s college expenses. Under Washington state law, the court can order a ...
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What Happens if You Lie About Your Finances in a Divorce?

At the beginning of a divorce, each party is asked to fill out a financial affidavit. This formal document is typically required in divorce litigation, because it provides the official information ...
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20 McKinley Irvin Family Law Attorneys Named 2017 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to the 20 attorneys from our Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, and Vancouver offices who have been recognized this year as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Only 5 percent of all ...
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What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents?

Child custody is often complicated, but when the parents are unmarried, establishing parental rights can make custody, visitation, and child support more problematic. When two people have a child out ...
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How Complex Assets Are Divided in a Divorce

Untangling finances during the divorce process can become complicated, especially if you have complex assets to be valued and divided, such as a business, professional practice, retirement assets, ...
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Attorney Amy Cross Joins McKinley Irvin in Portland

McKinley Irvin is delighted to welcome our newest attorney, Amy Cross, to our Portland office. Not only is she a skilled family law attorney, Amy also brings years of experience in estate planning and ...
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What to Do When Your Adult Child Goes Through a Divorce

As a parent, it’s only natural to want to protect and advise your children, even if those children are adults with kids of their own. When your adult child goes through something as painful and ...
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What Should I Ask for in a Divorce Settlement?

The division of property is a difficult aspect of the divorce process. It includes the family home, any other shared real estate, vehicles, funds in bank accounts or trusts, investments, stock ...
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Dating During a Divorce: Is It a Risk?

Once you and your spouse make the decision to divorce, you might think it is an acceptable time to embark on a new chapter and start dating. However, dating while in the midst of divorce could ...
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Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues

When a couple is in the midst of divorce, pregnancy can be incredibly stressful. While some couples may choose to postpone the divorce until after the child is born, others may feel waiting ...
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Can Household Chores Cause Divorce?

A recent report from Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study found that more than half of married individuals feel that sharing household chores is an important key to a successful ...
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Do I Have To Pay Child Support If I Have No Income?

If you are going through a divorce and have children, you and your spouse will need to work out a child support arrangement, including who has to pay and how much the monthly obligation will be. ...
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What Kind of Divorce Do You Want?

When seeking to end a marriage, it is important to know that there is more than one path to reach this goal. Determining which option is best for you will depend entirely on your own circumstances, ...
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Dads & Divorce: Tips for Fathers

Fathers play a critically important role in the lives of their children and Washington state law recognizes this by providing fathers with rights and tools that allow them to establish and maintain ...
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What Happens in the Middle of the Divorce Process?

When considering divorce, people typically have questions and concerns about how to get started and how to obtain the resolutions they want. These are important issues. However, understanding what ...
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Gray Divorce: Ending Marriage Later in Life

The idea of divorce often conjures up images of young couples deciding to call it quits after discovering they don’t get along after all. While this is certainly true in some cases, statistics ...
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Changing Beneficiary Designations After Divorce

When experiencing the challenges of a divorce, it can be difficult to focus on many practical implications you will need to consider. One important issue that is often forgotten is the updating of key ...
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