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.

  • Is Washington a 50/50 Divorce State?

    Is Washington a 50/50 Divorce State? In the state of Washington, all property in a divorce is subject to division. However, the way in which your assets are divided may vary depending on the nature of your divorce, the status of your property, and several other factors. That being said, your property will likely not be divided 50/50 in a divorce. Instead, Washington divorces focus on “equitable” division—that is, a division that is fair and just, not necessarily equal. To determine precisely how that plays out for divorcing couples, we’ve delved into the ...
  • Marriage Story: What the film got right and wrong about divorce

    Marriage Story: What the film got right and wrong about divorce The Oscar-nominated Netflix film Marriage Story is a moving narrative that depicts the experiences and evolution of a family going through a divorce. The film follows divorcing spouses, Nicole (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (played by Adam Driver), as their split plays out. It got a lot of things right about what it’s like to go through a divorce in real life…but not everything. Read on to see what Marriage Story got right and wrong about divorce. What Marriage Story got right about divorce: The value of hiring ...
  • Three New Attorneys Join McKinley Irvin in Seattle and Everett

    Three New Attorneys Join McKinley Irvin in Seattle and Everett MI welcomes family law attorneys Elizabeth Mount Penner, Tarik Polovina, and Hillary Roberts to the team We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth, Tarik, and Hillary to McKinley Irvin. They are an outstanding addition to our team of attorneys and will serve our firm’s ongoing commitment to excellence in family law practice. Elizabeth Mount Penner, Attorney - Seattle & Bellevue Elizabeth Mount Penner represents clients in divorce and other family law matters in King County, with significant experience representing clients in ...
  • McKinley Irvin Announces New Partners

    McKinley Irvin Announces New Partners McKinley Irvin congratulates Mark Arend, Brent Bohan, and Lindsay Camandona on their promotion to partner. The promotion of these three outstanding attorneys reflects our firm’s commitment to leadership and excellence in family law. Mark Arend , Tacoma Mark represents clients in complex family law and divorce matters with an emphasis on business owners, professionals, and military families. In addition to his family law practice, Mark also serves as a certified mediator and Pierce County Commissioner Pro Tempore. Read a Q&A ...
  • Attorney Renee Lee Joins McKinley Irvin in Everett

    Attorney Renee Lee Joins McKinley Irvin in Everett McKinley Irvin is pleased to introduce Renee Lee as a Senior Attorney in our Everett office. Renee has been practicing family law in Snohomish County for over decade. She assists clients in matters of divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, parenting plan modifications, and other domestic relations issues. Prior to focusing exclusively on family law, Renee assisted clients in business, real estate, and land use matters. This experience makes her particularly effective when business assets and property issues ...
  • Vancouver Attorney Faye BreitReed Joins McKinley Irvin

    Vancouver Attorney Faye BreitReed Joins McKinley Irvin McKinley Irvin was pleased to welcome family law attorney, Faye BreitReed, to our Vancouver office on November 4, 2019. Faye represents clients in a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, parenting plan modifications, relocation, and domestic violence. She has specialized training in tax preparation, which makes her particularly effective when tax issues are involved in family law matters. Faye majored in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. She earned ...
  • New Tax Laws Apply to Divorces Finalized in 2019

    New Tax Laws Apply to Divorces Finalized in 2019 Nobody likes filing their taxes, and for couples whose divorce was finalized in 2019, it may become even more complicated with the new 2019 tax laws. A few recent changes may affect how you file your taxes as a divorced individual, and it can change what type of return you claim. While these new laws may prove beneficial for some, it’s always best to get ahead of the game by preparing for these new changes. Before you’re blindsided by these new tax rules, make sure you know what the new tax laws are for 2019 and find out how ...
  • Comfort and Joy for Foster Youth

    Comfort and Joy for Foster Youth The holidays can be extremely difficult for youth in foster care. In the spirit of the season, the McKinley Irvin team came together to bring COMFORT & JOY to these often-forgotten children. The firm identified two foster care organizations – Treehouse in Washington and Boys & Girls Aid in Oregon – to support. To kick things off, the firm made a donation to each organization. Our Washington and Oregon offices then collected donation items for foster youth ages 0-25. We sought to bring COMFORT with warm clothes and blankets, ...
  • 4 Things to Consider Before a Divorce

    4 Things to Consider Before a Divorce Filing for divorce is a serious decision not to be made lightly, so before you take the plunge, there are a few things you should think about before you act. For example, you might want to find a counselor for your children or consult with a financial planner or accountant to make appropriate plans for your future. Whatever your situation, make sure you fully consider your options before you begin the divorce process. 1. Is a Legal Separation a Better Option? Divorce isn’t the best option for everyone, especially if you and ...
  • Long-Distance Parenting Plans: Everything You Need to Know

    Long-Distance Parenting Plans: Everything You Need to Know Sharing parenting time is never easy, especially if you and your co-parent live a great distance apart. Families who live in different areas of the United States, or the world, should make sure they devise a parenting plan that accommodates the needs of long-distance families. There is no singular plan that works for every family, so, depending on your situation, several long-distance plans could work for you. To learn more about your parenting plan options for your long-distance arrangement, read through our must-know ...
Page of 33
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"To the Best of the Best. Thank you for all your hard work and effort! It was a great result. It’s nice to be free!!"
Read More