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.

  • McKinley Irvin Adds Three New Attorneys in Seattle and Everett

    McKinley Irvin Adds Three New Attorneys in Seattle and Everett SEATTLE, WASH. – January 23, 2020 – McKinley Irvin announced that family law attorneys Elizabeth Mount Penner and Hillary Roberts have joined the firm’s Seattle office, serving clients in King County, and Tarik Polovina has joined the firm in Everett, serving clients in Snohomish County. Elizabeth Mount Penner, Attorney Family law attorney Elizabeth Mount Penner represents clients in divorce and other family law matters in King County, with significant experience representing clients in court. Mount Penner received her J.D. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 8 Things You Should Never Do During a Divorce

    8 Things You Should Never Do During a Divorce Worried about what you should or shouldn’t do during your divorce? The divorce process can be complex, stressful, and intimidating, and determining the right choice at every crossroads can be exceedingly difficult. Between child custody battles, spousal support negotiations, and property division, you’ll certainly have your hands full once everything is underway. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to improve your circumstances and protect your interests. To make navigating this tricky road a bit easier, we’ve ...
  • McKinley Irvin Listed in 2020's "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News

    McKinley Irvin Listed in 2020's For the ninth consecutive year, McKinley Irvin has earned a Tier 1 Family Law Ranking in the Seattle metropolitan area from U.S. News–Best Lawyers®. The 2020 listing also marks our third year to achieve a ranking in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. The annual “Best Law Firms” rankings published by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® identifies the nation’s highest-performing law firms through a comprehensive selection process that includes peer reviews addressing the abilities, professionalism, and integrity of a firm. In ...
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