Family Law Blog

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A little knowledge can go a long way to protect your assets and family relationships. Planning can save headaches and money, and can provide peace of mind. The articles and tips in this section of the McKinley Irvin website are intended to help you understand and prepare for some of the more common issues you’ll encounter in a divorce, child custody, or other family law matter.

Please be advised that family cases can be very complex. The information provided here should not be construed as legal advice in your case.

  • Does the Divorce Rate Really Spike in August?

    Does the Divorce Rate Really Spike in August? According to researchers at the University of Washington, more spouses who file for divorce during the summer tend to do so in the month of August. The results of the study suggest that unhappily married couples arrange their divorce filings around summer vacations. The authors of the study attribute this trend to irreconcilable differences that arise right after a big summer trip. Julie Brine, associate professor of sociology, also talks about the “broken promise” hypothesis in the study. “People are discontent with their ...
  • McKinley Irvin Welcomes Hillary Dawn in Tacoma

    McKinley Irvin Welcomes Hillary Dawn in Tacoma McKinley Irvin is thrilled to welcome family law attorney Hillary Dawn to our Tacoma office. Hillary’s practice will focus on divorce, child custody, child support, and domestic violence. She is passionate about serving the LGBTQ community in family law matters, especially when she can help protect her clients’ parental rights when they are not biologically related to their children. Hillary takes great pride in helping her clients achieve positive outcomes during what is often the most emotionally demanding experience of ...
  • Making Family Law Services Affordable

    Making Family Law Services Affordable We are excited to announce that McKinley Irvin has partnered with LexFin, a lending company that provides affordable financing plans for family law legal services. LexFin offers a solution to the financial hardships people face in family law cases. Managing personal, family, and legal expenses can be difficult, and in a divorce, the law typically prevents people from freely using their cash and assets while the divorce case is active, which can be up to one year or more. Many clients cannot afford to hire or maintain legal ...
  • Common Divorce Issues High Net Worth Couples Face

    Common Divorce Issues High Net Worth Couples Face Each divorce presents a unique set of challenges to overcome so both spouses can move on to the next phase of their lives. However, when spouses with a high net worth get divorced, it is even more complicated to navigate because of the wide variety of assets, multiple properties, and business shares that need to be accounted for and divided. High net worth divorces involve spouses who have more than $1 million in liquid assets. If you fall into this category and are considering divorce, then you need to be aware of the ...
  • 19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named to 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

    19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named to 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars We are proud to congratulate McKinley Irvin’s family law attorneys who have been included in the 2021 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Attorneys who earn the designation of Super Lawyer or Rising Star are nominated by their peers for outstanding professional achievement and selected through a formal review process. Super Lawyers represent the top 5 percent of all attorneys in each state and Rising Stars represent the top 2.5 percent of attorneys who are under 40 or have been in practice for less than 10 ...
  • Common Military Divorce Issues

    Common Military Divorce Issues There are laws in place that are intended to protect active duty military members against being held in "default" for failing to respond to divorce actions. These laws were designed to ensure that active military members can’t be divorced without their knowledge. Under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, the active service member can postpone divorce proceedings for the entire time they are on duty and up to 60 days thereafter. Active duty members can choose to waive this right if they want to go through with the ...
  • Family Law Attorney Carry Porter Joins McKinley Irvin

    Family Law Attorney Carry Porter Joins McKinley Irvin McKinley Irvin is delighted to welcome Carry Porter to our Kirkland and Seattle offices. Carry represents clients in a variety family law matters, including divorce, child support, child custody, and legal separation. On top of her family law practice, she is mediator who serves as a neutral facilitator of family law negotiations. She also resolves family law matters as an arbitrator. Passionate Blog about working with domestic violence survivors, Carry has served as a Family Law Fellow with the Eastside Legal Assistance ...
  • McKinley Irvin Welcomes Rory D. Flay to the Vancouver Office

    McKinley Irvin Welcomes Rory D. Flay to the Vancouver Office McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney, Rory D. Flay, to our Vancouver office. Rory received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Lewis and Clark Law School and his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Humboldt State University with a focus on Native American Studies. His practice focuses on divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, and other family law issues. With a background in public interest work primarily focused on the Indian Child Welfare Act, he brings diverse experience to the firm. Known ...
  • Splitting Custody for the Fourth of July

    Splitting Custody for the Fourth of July Although child custody plans are supposed to help parents cooperate and move forward accommodating their children’s needs, they don’t always work out perfectly, especially when it comes to spending time with the children on holidays like the Fourth of July. If Independence Day is an important holiday to you, then you should try to reach a compromise with your co-parent to include time for holiday traditions you would like to continue with your children, such as barbecuing or watching a fireworks show. The best parenting ...
  • Unique Issues in a Gray Divorce

    Unique Issues in a Gray Divorce When seniors and older couples divorce later in life, it is known as a gray divorce. These types of divorce cases have several critical issues that people need to be aware of if they want to protect their best interests during the legal process. In this blog, we explain what to expect from a gray divorce so you don’t end up wasting time and adding additional stress to your life. Financial Issues Financial issues are probably the largest hurdles older couples must overcome during their divorce proceedings. Gray divorces tend ...
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