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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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When Will My Divorce Be Finalized?

A divorce is officially finalized when the judge signs the paperwork for his or her final decision. At the very least, a divorce in Washington will take 3 months, which is the minimum waiting period. ...
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What Happens if My Spouse Doesn't Hire a Divorce Lawyer?

Regardless of the purpose, whether to save money or for personal reasons, some people simply choose not to hire an attorney to represent them during their divorce. If your spouse decides to go this ...
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Are Political Differences Causing More Divorces?

There is plenty for couples to argue about in a divorce without throwing politics into the mix, but that seems to be precisely what’s happening. Amid the current political upheaval, it seems ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top Seattle Family Law Attorney Janet A. George Joins McKinley Irvin

On January 30, 2017, Janet A. George, widely recognized as one of the top family law attorneys in Washington State, merged her prestigious family law practice with McKinley Irvin. “After decades ...
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