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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.

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  • Understanding Your Final Divorce Order

    Understanding Your Final Divorce Order The final divorce order, or dissolution decree, can be somewhat difficult to understand, especially amid the stress of ending a relationship. Throughout the entire divorce process, you and your spouse will spend a great deal of time in and out of court and negotiations, discussing the key aspects of your divorce. During this time, you likely live apart, start to arrange your lives without one another, and learn how to co-parent or divide your other responsibilities. For all intents and purposes, it may seem as if you are ...
  • Family Law Attorney Erin Blower Joins MI

    Family Law Attorney Erin Blower Joins MI McKinley Irvin welcomes attorney Erin Blower to our Seattle office. Attorney Erin Blower is sensitive to the emotional impact of a divorce or other family law matter on her clients and their families and feels gratified in helping her clients find relief from a personal ordeal. Erin focuses her practice on divorce, custody, legal separation, relocation, and domestic violence. She is skilled in both alternative dispute resolution and litigation. In addition to her own practice, Blower will also work with McKinley Irvin ...
  • Bezos Divorce: Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Washington State?

    Bezos Divorce: Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Washington State? Since Jeff Bezos announced his divorce from wife MacKenzie on Wednesday, 1/9, reports have surfaced about his alleged relationship with former TV news anchor Lauren Sanchez. If Bezos was having an extramarital affair, how would this impact his divorce? As the Bezos family resides in Washington state, where Amazon is headquartered, that is likely where their divorce will be finalized. Here’s a look at how infidelity affects divorce proceedings in Washington. Is Adultery Grounds For Divorce in Washington? In the state of ...
  • Legal Insights on the Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Divorce

    Legal Insights on the Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Divorce The world’s richest person, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is getting divorced. Today, Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos announced over Twitter the end of their 25-year-long marriage. The couple resides in Washington state, where Amazon is also headquartered, and where their divorce is likely to be finalized. As Seattle’s largest family law firm, attorneys at McKinley Irvin have been speaking with the media about the divorce and what effect it may have on Bezos’s wealth and his companies. About the Twitter announcement The ...
  • When Billionaires Divorce: Unique Issues for High Net Worth Couples

    When Billionaires Divorce: Unique Issues for High Net Worth Couples The world’s fascination with the wealthy elite can be especially intense when a divorce occurs. When a significant amount of wealth is at stake, a high net worth divorce can be extremely contentious and involve many complex legal issues. This often makes good fodder for journalists, but for the couple divorcing, their financial standing and private family/marital issues are typically scoured and published for public consumption. And it’s never over quickly. When significant assets are involved, the divorce process is ...
  • How Do Courts Determine Who Gets Custody?

    How Do Courts Determine Who Gets Custody? When parents no longer wish to remain together, they need to establish a child custody arrangement to reflect their parenting decisions. Some parents may be able to work out a plan amongst themselves, but many parents require additional intervention from the court. Whether you are going through a divorce or not, you will need to establish a legally binding custody arrangement for the benefit of both you and your child. If you need to go through the family law court to determine child custody, rather than through negotiation ...
  • Portland Family Law Attorney Jack G. Dekovich Joins McKinley Irvin

    Portland Family Law Attorney Jack G. Dekovich Joins McKinley Irvin McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome attorney Jack Dekovich to our Portland office. Jack Dekovich focuses his practice on finding optimal solutions for his family law clients. He represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, legal separation, domestic violence, relocation, and legal matters for unmarried couples. Jack values his client relationships and currently maintains a 100 percent five-star review rating from former clients on Avvo.com. In addition to his family law practice, Jack is a ...
  • Attorneys Amy Carei and Ashley Raymond Join McKinley Irvin in Tacoma

    Attorneys Amy Carei and Ashley Raymond Join McKinley Irvin in Tacoma Family law attorneys Amy Carei and Ashley Raymond join the team at McKinley Irvin’s downtown Tacoma office Amy Carei Amy focuses her practice on divorce and custody matters, with significant experience representing families in crisis. Before transitioning to private practice, she worked with survivors of domestic violence. As a family law attorney, Amy is passionate about giving her clients the opportunities to create safer, more stable lives. She received her J.D. from Seattle University, is a Certified Mediator, and a ...
  • 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 ...
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