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.

  • What Should I Ask for in a Divorce Settlement?

    What Should I Ask for in a Divorce Settlement? The division of property is a difficult aspect of the divorce process. It includes the family home, any other shared real estate, vehicles, funds in bank accounts or trusts, investments, stock options, retirement benefits, pensions, and business interests. With so much at stake, it is important to know what to ask for when in the process of negotiating a divorce settlement. In addition to the immediate outcome and changes to your life, this agreement will have lasting effects on your future. Know Your Case Being familiar ...
  • Is There a Link Between Divorce and Depression?

    Is There a Link Between Divorce and Depression? A divorce is a highly challenging process, and it can bring about very strong emotional responses. In several individuals, divorce can even prompt issues with depression. Medical depression is very serious, and it’s important to understand that it can sometimes be caused by extremely traumatizing or difficult situations, such as divorce. Some people may be completely blindsided by their spouse’s request for a divorce, and dealing with that news can be heartbreaking and tough to accept. Even the spouse who acted as the ...
  • 8 Tips for Dating After Divorce

    8 Tips for Dating After Divorce For most people going through a divorce, dating again isn’t the top priority. However, after time has passed and all those loose ends are tightly tied up, one might feel ready to get back in the swing of things. But, what’s it like to be single again after divorce, and what challenges might one face? Following a divorce, it’s important to acclimate to the changes you’ve faced, including your newly single status. However, being single after spending years, even decades married, is far easier said than done. If you’re ...
  • How to Deal with Retaliatory Behaviors in Co-Parenting

    How to Deal with Retaliatory Behaviors in Co-Parenting Co-parenting is challenging in itself, but when your ex-partner is displaying retaliatory behavior, the process becomes especially difficult. Parents who engage in vindictive behaviors can be mentally and emotionally draining, and the unpredictability can leave you on your toes. Read on for a few tips for effectively dealing with a high-conflict co-parent. #1: Set Clear Boundaries Individuals with high-conflict personalities tend to cross other people’s boundaries, which is why you need to make your boundaries known. It is ...
  • How to Have a Happy Holiday After Divorce

    How to Have a Happy Holiday After Divorce If one is recently divorced or still in the process of ending their marriage, then the holiday season can be a difficult time of year, especially if one is still adjusting to the major changes in their life. People who are used to spending every major holiday with their children and extended family often feel sad or lonely around this time of year because it reminds them that their marriage was unsuccessful. However, the holidays don’t have to be gloomy for newly separated and divorced individuals. Below, we discuss several ...
  • How to Keep Child Custody Exchanges Civil

    How to Keep Child Custody Exchanges Civil Even when a divorce is amicable, feelings of resentment and bitterness can still linger among ex-spouses. This can create major obstacles for divorced couples , especially those with children. Although your marriage is over, it’s imperative for ex’s to learn how to get along if they share custody of their children. While custody exchanges force ex-spouses to interact and cooperate with each other, they can quickly become uncivil when parents don’t get along. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep your child custody ...
  • Satisfaction & Resilience: Healing After Divorce

    Satisfaction & Resilience: Healing After Divorce Going through divorce is a difficult life event, and it’s important for people to prioritize their health and well-being as they transition into their new lives. Life satisfaction and maintaining resilience are both keys to overcoming and bouncing back from the emotional trauma of divorce. Resiliency is defined as, “a quality in objects to hold or recover their shape, or in people to stay intact.” In the context of divorce, resiliency is a kind of inner strength that allows people to not let failure and various setbacks ...
  • Attorney Jamie R. Walker Named a Fellow in the AAML

    Attorney Jamie R. Walker Named a Fellow in the AAML McKinley Irvin is proud to announce that Jamie Walker has been named a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). AAML Fellows are considered the nation’s leading practitioners of Family Law. Academy Fellows are chosen based on the level of their negotiation and litigation skill in matrimonial and family law issues, as well as their recognition by judges and attorneys as “preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.” “Jamie exemplifies MI’s mission and values and ...
  • Why Do Some Divorces Take So Long?

    Why Do Some Divorces Take So Long? A commonly asked question during a divorce is, “Why do some divorces take so long to complete?” Although the details of each divorce case are unique, there are a few common reasons why some tend to drag on more than others. It is important to remember that divorce can be resolved quickly if all of the parties are focused on reaching a fair agreement. However, procedural and court delays can also prolong the divorce process. Keep reading to find out more about common obstacles that can increase the amount of time it takes to ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support

    Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support Child support cases can be incredibly complex and overwhelming, which is why we have compiled and answered some frequently asked questions. To learn more about child support, read on. How much will I pay in child support? Child support payments vary on a case-by-case basis, so the amount you pay depends largely on your income. The court will determine a fair child support obligation based on several factors, including the income of each parent, each parent’s employment status, each parent’s tax obligations, and the child’s ...
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