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Adoption - Click here to view all posts
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  • Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples
    Marriage equality may have felt like a big leap and in many ways, it was, but we still have a long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy true legal equality in family matters. Just like any other ...
  • 5 Ways an Attorney Can Make the Adoption Process Easier
    Making the decision to adopt a child is an exciting time for your family, but the adoption process can be tricky without the guidance of an experienced attorney. It is important to retain qualified ...
  • 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 ...
Bellevue - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?
    Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
Case Law - Click here to view all posts
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Celebrity Family Law News - Click here to view all posts
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Child Custody - Click here to view all posts
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Child Support - Click here to view all posts
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
Collaborative Divorce - Click here to view all posts
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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, ...
  • Can Divorced Families be Healthy Families? [Infographic]
    For more information on how to prioritize healthy family relationships during and after divorce: Telling Your Children About Divorce How to Successfully Co-Parent after a Divorce When Divorce Makes ...
  • 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 ...
Co-Parenting - Click here to view all posts
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples
    Marriage equality may have felt like a big leap and in many ways, it was, but we still have a long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy true legal equality in family matters. Just like any other ...
  • 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 ...
Divorce - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?
    Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
Estate Planning - Click here to view all posts
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Everett - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?
    Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
Family Law - Click here to view all posts
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Guides - Click here to view all posts
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In The Media - Click here to view all posts
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LBGT Law - Click here to view all posts
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  • Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples
    Marriage equality may have felt like a big leap and in many ways, it was, but we still have a long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy true legal equality in family matters. Just like any other ...
  • 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 ...
  • My Partner & I Split Up. Now What?
    Questions and Answers about “Divorce” for Long-Term Unmarried Couples in Washington Ending a long-term relationship is a difficult process whether the partners are married or not. Whether ...
Living Wills - Click here to view all posts
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Marriage - Click here to view all posts
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  • What are the Benefits of Legal Separation?
    Divorce has a heaviness to it that can be intimidating to some people who are unhappy with the condition of their marriage. To completely and permanently end a marriage (and any benefits the marriage ...
  • Am I Entitled To My Spouse's Inheritance?
    People contemplating or going through divorce frequently wonder which assets are subject to property division and which are not. For example, many individuals often question if an inheritance is ...
  • Will Divorce Ruin My Life?
    When spouses grow apart physically, mentally, and emotionally, some choose to work through issues and difficulties, while others find their situations unbearable or beyond repair. For individuals in ...
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Parental Rights - Click here to view all posts
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
Portland - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?
    Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
Puyallup - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?
    Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
Relationship Agreements - Click here to view all posts
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  • The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples
    Unmarried couples have different rights than married couples. But, if you're living together as an unmarried couple and your relationship is ending, there are steps you can take to protect ...
  • 10 Topics Couples Can't Avoid Before Marriage
    Marriage is a big step for any couple. Before taking the big leap, make sure you’ve discussed these ten topics. Compatibility Make sure there is a sufficient courtship period so you are as ...
Resources - Click here to view all posts
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  • Can Divorced Families be Healthy Families? [Infographic]
    For more information on how to prioritize healthy family relationships during and after divorce: Telling Your Children About Divorce How to Successfully Co-Parent after a Divorce When Divorce Makes ...
  • 2016 Seattle Family Law Speaker Series CLEs
    These lunchtime CLEs hosted by McKinley Irvin are free and offer 1.0 live CLE credit. There are a limited number of seats. To reserve yours, email CLE@mckinleyirvin.com or call 206-397-0399. Please ...
  • 32 Shocking Divorce Statistics
    The U.S. Census Bureau found that divorce rates for most age groups have been dropping since 1996. Looking at specific divorce statistics for age and region — as well as gay and celebrity ...
Same Sex Marriage - Click here to view all posts
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  • Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples
    Marriage equality may have felt like a big leap and in many ways, it was, but we still have a long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy true legal equality in family matters. Just like any other ...
Seattle - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?
    Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
Social Media - Click here to view all posts
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Spousal Support - Click here to view all posts
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  • Am I Liable for My Ex-Spouse's Debts?
    Property division can be one of the most confusing and challenging parts of a divorce, especially when there are significant assets or debts involved. While most people are aware that items of value ...
  • How Much Child Support Will I Get in Washington State?
    Child support in Washington State is calculated using the Washington State Child Support Schedule (WSCSS) to determine how much child support must be paid to a custodial parent each month. This ...
  • The 5 Most Financially Dangerous Divorce Mistakes
    From determining what will happen to the family home to how much is owed in spousal support, divorcing couples have several short and long-term decisions to make that will have a significant impact on ...
Tacoma - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?
    Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
Third Party Custody - Click here to view all posts
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Unmarried Couples - Click here to view all posts
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  • The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples
    Unmarried couples have different rights than married couples. But, if you're living together as an unmarried couple and your relationship is ending, there are steps you can take to protect ...
  • 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 ...
  • Your Rights When a Domestic Partner Dies
    In the United States, cohabitating partners (couples who live together) have many of the same property rights as they would if they were legally married. However, most of these laws apply to couples ...
Vancouver - Click here to view all posts
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To
    When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
  • Two New Attorneys Join MI Vancouver Office
    We are pleased to announce that Vancouver family law attorneys Lisa Martin and Lisa Ward have joined the firm. Our new team members bring a diverse range of experience to McKinley Irvin – and a ...
  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?
    Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
  • Best Seattle Divorce Lawyer