Family Law Blog

McKinley Irvin Blog

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.

  • Building a Team for Your Divorce

    Building a Team for Your Divorce When it comes to preparing for divorce, it’s about more than just getting your finances and properties in order. Choosing the right lawyer is crucial, not only because they’ll be representing your interests, but they can also help you pull together an invaluable divorce team. Divorces are rarely ever straightforward; they often require support from other professionals. Real estate agents, financial advisors, accountants, mediators, and parenting experts can make an enormous difference in the success of your case. When you ...
  • Useful Apps to Help with Co-Parenting

    Useful Apps to Help with Co-Parenting There’s an app for everything nowadays, but some may be surprised to learn that there are several applications designed to help with co-parenting. Parenting alongside your ex is not without challenges, so anything you can do to make the situation easier can be an enormous help. There are several applications out there that could make sharing custody or arranging visitation easier for you and your ex. Whether you’re looking for something specific or are simply interested in any new tech-savvy parenting method, these apps ...
  • Can You Use Witnesses in a Divorce Trial?

    Can You Use Witnesses in a Divorce Trial? When it comes to building your divorce case, there are several methods and resources you can use to gather evidence of your good character. If you are a parent, using a character witness can be especially beneficial when it comes to proving your ability to care for your child. In any case, choosing reliable character witnesses can be challenging, especially if you aren’t sure what role a witness plays in a divorce case. In order to improve the outcome of your family law trial, make sure you know what a character witness ...
  • Kim Schnuelle Appointed Family Law Commissioner Pro Tempore

    Kim Schnuelle Appointed Family Law Commissioner Pro Tempore We would like to congratulate Kim Schnuelle for her appointment as Commissioner Pro Tempore in the King County Superior Court, Family Law Motions Calendar. As a Commissioner Pro Tempore, Kim Schnuelle will be called to preside over matters in Family Court when a sitting Commissioner is unavailable. Candidates for Commissioner Pro Tempore are chosen based on their experience and knowledge, as well as their ability to: objectively identify, analyze and interpret legal issues, principles and arguments; exercise appropriate ...
  • 7 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America

    7 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America Congratulations to the following family law attorneys distinguished in The Best Lawyers in America for 2019: Marc T. Christianson , Of Counsel Janet A. George , Of Counsel Jeffrey S. Matthews , Partner Elizabeth A. Michelson , Of Counsel Laura Sell , Law Practice Managing Partner David B. Starks , Partner Gordon W. Wilcox , Of Counsel Several of McKinley Irvin’s listed attorneys have been included in Best Lawyers for many years, including Gordon Wilcox (since 1987), Elizabeth Michelson (since 1999), and Marc Christianson ...
  • What Should I Do If My Spouse Threatens to Divorce Me?

    What Should I Do If My Spouse Threatens to Divorce Me? Every couple fights, but when one spouse starts using the threat of divorce in arguments, you might have a bigger issue on your hands. Marriage can be stressful, and disagreements and fights are an inevitable part of life. But hearing the word “divorce” brought up in any argument, big or small, can be terrifying. If your spouse threatens or mentions divorce, when should you be worried about the security of your marriage? Why threaten divorce? It’s impossible to know what your spouse really means when he or she threatens ...
  • Is Divorce About Winning?

    Is Divorce About Winning? Deciding to seek a divorce can be a daunting decision, no matter the circumstances. You will be dealing with emotions, fears, huge life changes, uncertainty about the future, and stress. Under this kind of pressure, it sometimes will be hard not to get wrapped up in who gets what, who has the upper hand, and in some cases, wanting your spouse to suffer. However, turning your divorce into a contest can be more damaging than you may realize. Divorce can take a while, and you’ll have to make a lot of choices. If you spend ...
  • Divorcing a Narcissist

    Divorcing a Narcissist The divorce process isn’t easy for anyone, but when your spouse is particularly self-absorbed or narcissistic, the entire process can be especially challenging. A narcissist is a very extreme type of personality, often characterized by egotistical, arrogant, and unfeeling characteristics. Plenty of people can exhibit these behaviors every now and then – but for a narcissist, these are deep-seated aspects of their personality. Dealing with this personality type during simple arguments can be bad enough, but when you try to go ...
  • 20 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Included in 2018's Washington Super Lawyers

    20 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Included in 2018's Washington Super Lawyers We congratulate the twenty attorneys from McKinley Irvin's offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, and Vancouver who have been named 2018 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. McKinley Irvin 2018 Washington Super Lawyers: Marc Christianson , Of Counsel Janet A. George , Of Counsel Elizabeth Michelson , Of Counsel Jennifer Payseno , Partner Kim Schnuelle , Senior Attorney Laura Sell , Law Practice Managing Partner David Starks , Partner Gordon W. Wilcox , Of Counsel McKinley Irvin Washington 2018 Rising Stars: Mark Arend , ...
  • Celebrating Father's Day After Divorce

    Celebrating Father's Day After Divorce After you and your family have undergone a significant change, you’ll realize that some days are more difficult than others. Father’s Day, for example, can be a challenge after you and your spouse have gone through a divorce, both for practical reasons and emotional ones. Most children will likely want to spend time with their father on that day, but what if the prearranged custody agreement or visitation schedule doesn’t line up? Or, what happens if the children already have plans with their mother or other family members ...
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