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.

  • 4 Signs You May Be Headed for Divorce

    4 Signs You May Be Headed for Divorce Each relationship has its own unique dynamic and there are plenty of different reasons couples choose to separate or divorce. However, research by psychologist Robert Levenson of University of California, Berkeley and John Gottman of the Gottman Institute, recently revealed that most divorces can be predicted based on the existence of four tell-tale behaviors. According to their research, Levenson and Gottman found that when any of these four behaviors occurred frequently in a married couple’s 15-minute conversation, the ...
  • Divorcing an Addict or Alcoholic

    Divorcing an Addict or Alcoholic Going through a divorce is hard enough, but when your spouse is an addict, the entire process can be much more challenging. Your spouse’s addiction may have been the reason for your divorce, or it could be a newly developed habit since you’ve decided to split. They may be addicted to prescription drugs, illegal substances, or alcohol. Whatever the situation, divorcing a spouse while they are dealing with addiction can be both painful and frustrating. Addicts often exhibit certain characteristics and behaviors that make it ...
  • My Ex Won’t Follow the Divorce Decree. What Now?

    My Ex Won’t Follow the Divorce Decree. What Now? When a divorce is finalized, both parties are given a final legal document detailing all settlements and arrangements agreed to during the divorce process, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division. This document is called a divorce decree, a dissolution decree, or divorce settlement agreement. Unfortunately, not everyone follows their divorce decree as they should. If your spouse fails to abide by the divorce decree after your divorce is final, you could wind up without your rightful ...
  • Cyberstalking During Divorce

    Cyberstalking During Divorce With social media apps, location tracking, and other online resources at our fingertips, protecting our privacy has become increasingly problematic. The digital age has made staying in contact with friends and family members easier than ever, but it has also created a new problem—cyberstalking. Cyberstalking is the act of harassing someone with the use of electronics, usually over email, through social media, or another digital outlets. Unfortunately, this has become a big problem in divorce cases. The divorce process is ...
  • U.S. News Recognizes McKinley Irvin in 2019 "Best Law Firms" for Family Law

    U.S. News Recognizes McKinley Irvin in 2019 2019 marks our firm’s eighth consecutive year receiving a Tier 1 Family Law Ranking in the Seattle metropolitan area from U.S. News–Best Lawyers®, and our second year to achieve a ranking in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. “It is an honor to be recognized for the work that we do to protect our clients and their families during times of crisis and change,” said Rita Herrera Irvin, founder of McKinley Irvin. “We are proud of our entire team, attorneys and staff, across all six offices, for what we have achieved ...
  • Tips for Parenting Plans Involving Babies & Young Children

    Tips for Parenting Plans Involving Babies & Young Children Creating a parenting plan is never easy, especially when your children are still young. Older children are often better equipped to handle divorce and separation issues, or they are at least able to grasp what is going on. Babies and young children, however, don’t understand what is happening and ideally should be receiving attention and care from both parents during these early years. For this reason, it can be particularly difficult to create a schedule for a baby when the parents live in different households. If you and ...
  • Attorney David Gross Joins McKinley Irvin in Vancouver

    Attorney David Gross Joins McKinley Irvin in Vancouver McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney David Gross to our Vancouver office. David is not only a seasoned and skilled family law attorney – he also brings years of courtroom experience as a former senior deputy prosecutor in King County. David is passionate about the law and helping his clients overcome difficult situations. He will focus his practice on family law matters involving divorce, legal separation, child custody, LGBT family law, domestic violence, adoption, and issues for unmarried couples. David ...
  • Why You Need to Be an Active Participant in Your Divorce

    Why You Need to Be an Active Participant in Your Divorce Only you know what you want for the future, so it’s important that you be as involved as possible in your divorce. Your divorce will have a lasting impact on your life, especially in the few years immediately following your split. If you agree to give up certain assets, those are assets your ex-spouse will have control over. Or, if you concede on certain child custody terms, it could lead to serious parenting issues later down the road. To make sure things go smoothly and that your legal actions reflect your wishes, it’s ...
  • Attorney Jayde Logan Joins McKinley Irvin in Tacoma

    Attorney Jayde Logan Joins McKinley Irvin in Tacoma We are Pleased to Announce that Tacoma Family Law Attorney Jayde Logan has Joined the Firm. Jayde Logan is an empathetic and skilled attorney with a passion for helping families and children. At McKinley Irvin, Jayde will help clients in Pierce County with divorce, legal separation, and family law matters involving children. Jayde received her J.D. from New England Law in Boston, where she was awarded the Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship and is a member of the King County, Washington State, and Loren Miller bar ...
  • 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 ...
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