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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 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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Can a Bad Vacation Lead to Divorce?

Research and statistics on divorce have shown us there can be seasonality when it comes to spouses deciding to end their marriage. Most notably, studies have shown that upticks in divorce filings are ...
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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 ...
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How Blended Families Survive the Holidays

Holidays should be a time of great family memories and warmth. When families become blended following divorce or remarriage, however, the holiday season can cause many to suffer from unwanted anxiety ...
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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 ...
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McKinley Irvin Ranked by U.S. News in "Best Law Firms" 2017 for Family Law

McKinley Irvin is honored to be ranked as a Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" in the practice of family law in the Seattle metro by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for 2017. With the ...
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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 ...
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How a Divorce Can Impact Your 401(k) and Retirement Planning

Most people are aware that when a couple divorces, they must decide what to do with their home and divvy up the bank accounts and other assets accumulated throughout the marriage. But did you know ...
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6 Surprising Washington Divorce Laws

Seeking a divorce in Washington? If you’ve never filed for divorce before, you are likely unfamiliar with the many facets of Washington divorce law. You may have several common expectations: ...
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What You Should Know About Getting Divorced in the Military

When a military family goes through a divorce, they will deal with unique issues that are not present in other divorce cases. This is because military divorces are governed by both state and federal ...
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5 Questions You Must Ask Your Family Attorney

When it comes to retaining proper legal representation during a complicated family matter, it is important to ensure you find the right attorney to handle your type of case. Because there is a wide ...
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What Science Really Says About Kids and Divorce

Every year, roughly 1.5 million children in the United States witness their parents divorce. Many parents believe their children will suffer a wide range of emotional trauma during the process. Will ...
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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 ...
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Does My Ex Get Half My Pension?

If you are earning or collecting a pension, divorce can raise several uncertainties about whether pensions or other retirement assets will be divided between the spouses. In most states, a pension ...
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Five McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers List

McKinley Irvin is happy to announce that five lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Marc T. ...
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Are People Happier after a Divorce?

No matter which way you slice it, divorce creates significant changes in a person’s life. On the cusp of major life changes, people often ask themselves, will this be worth it? Will this really ...
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How Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Washington State?

Unfortunately, one of the most common reasons people file for divorce is adultery. When this occurs, a person may begin to experience powerful emotions such as anger, regret, shame, sadness, and ...
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Talking to Kids About Divorce: What You Should Know

While divorce is difficult on every member of a family, children often take the longest to adjust to the changes. If possible, speak with your spouse to agree on what information the children are to ...
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Marc Christianson Named Top 10 Attorney in Washington State

Attorney Marc Christianson, law practice managing partner at McKinley Irvin, is the sole family law attorney to be named in the Top 10 of the 2016 Washington Super Lawyers list. We are thrilled to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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