2008

McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2008

  • Non-Parental Visitation

    Under certain circumstances a non-parent, such as a grandparent, may wish to petition the court for visitation rights that are arguably in the child’s best interest. The Washington State legislature passed two statutes–RCW 26.09.240 and RCW 26.10.160(3)–that address this kind of situation and provide for a process to obtain non-parental visitation rights. However, the Supreme Court declared those statutes unconstitutional. The Court reasoned that since parenting is a constitutionally fundamental right, a higher standard than ...
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  • How Can I file for a Domestic Partnership in Washington? | LGBT Law

    How Can I file for a Domestic Partnership in Washington? | LGBT Law Couples seek a domestic partnership in Washington State to gain many of the same privileges and obligations of marriage. Domestic partnerships in Washington State are most widely sought by same-sex couples who wish to have their relationships recognized by state law and to obtain the same legal rights and responsibilities as married couples. Obtaining a domestic partnership is not difficult. The details and processes behind filing for a domestic partnership in Washington State are explained in this article. How is a Domestic ...
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  • 10 Topics Couples Can't Avoid Before Marriage

    Marriage is a big step for any couple. Before taking the big leap, make sure you’ve discussed these ten topics. Compatibility Make sure there is a sufficient courtship period so you are as certain as possible regarding compatibility. It’s much more fun and easy to get married than it is to get a divorce. Conflict Resolution Agree in advance of marriage how you will communicate and work toward resolution of conflict after marriage. Conflict is inevitable. Careers If one or both parties have careers that could involve ...
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