2010

McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2010

  • Choosing a Collaborative Divorce Attorney

    Choosing your collaborative divorce lawyer is one of the most important decisions that you will make during your case. When choosing any divorce attorney, it is important to find someone who is able to understand your long-term goals and who provides you with the necessary tools to reach those goals. If you are interested in collaborative law practice or collaborative divorce, we recommend choosing an attorney who has significant experience in both traditional litigation and collaborative law. With knowledge of traditional ...
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  • Divorce and Tax Credits

    If you are divorced or divorcing, you will need to reassess which tax credits you can claim on your tax return. Do I Qualify for the Child Tax Credit? The following information is current as of March 2014. The child tax credit begins to phase out at different income levels depending upon your marital filing status. If you are unmarried, the credit begins to phase-out at the income level of $75,000 per year. If you are married and filing a separate return, the credit begins to phase-out at the income level of $55,000 per ...
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  • Divorce & Taxes: Answers to Nine Common Questions

    If you are in the midst of a divorce, tax season can present unanticipated issues. Despite the emotions involved in divorce, always approach tax season in a logical and business-like manner to avoid unwise decisions or errors in filing your taxes. The following are answers to nine of the questions we hear most often from our clients who are in the middle of this difficult transition. If you are divorcing or contemplating a divorce, be sure to discuss tax considerations with your attorney early on in the process. You may also ...
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  • Valuing Professional Practices in Divorce

    Custody, parenting, child support and property and debt division issues are typical in a divorce. However, dentists, doctors, accountants, architects, lawyers and other professionals with independent practices – and their spouses – often encounter additional complexities as they value and sometimes divide their business and professional assets. The methods used to value a professional practice are complex and, as a result, most professionals (and sometimes, their spouses) hire expert business valuators (usually, business ...
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  • 7 Tips for Establishing a Parenting Plan in a Divorce

    7 Tips for Establishing a Parenting Plan in a Divorce A parenting plan is a court order that establishes how parents will share the responsibilities of caring for their children after they divorce. A parenting plan should include provisions on: Where the children primarily live and how often they stay with the other parent (a residential schedule) How to make decisions concerning the children (like choosing a daycare) How any future parenting disputes will be resolved Any other important stipulations on how you and your former spouse will co-parent your children Here are 7 tips ...
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  • My Partner & I Split Up. Now What?

    Questions and Answers about “Divorce” for Long-Term Unmarried Couples in Washington Ending a long-term relationship is a difficult process whether the partners are married or not. Whether you are entering into a new relationship or your relationship has come to an end, your attorney can help protect your financial future. While these questions and answers provide a basic overview, it is critically important that you consult an attorney experienced in this unique area of the law to determine how these laws apply to your ...
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  • How Child Custody is Determined in a Divorce

    The court has several goals in deciding child custody in a divorce case. These goals can include, but are not limited to: Providing for the child’s physical care Maintaining emotional stability for the child Providing for the changing needs of the child as he or she grows and matures Setting forth the responsibility of each parent with respect to the child Minimizing the child’s exposure to harmful parental conflict Overall, the court will make these decisions based on what it thinks are in the child’s best interests. The ...
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  • How Do I Get a Divorce in Washington State?

    How Do I Get a Divorce in Washington State? A Step-by-Step Overview to Getting a Divorce in Washington State 1. Filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage The divorce process begins when you file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and several other forms in Superior Court of Washington in the county where either you or your spouse resides. The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is a document you and your divorce lawyer prepare, describing your preferences for property and debt division, child custody, parenting plans, child support, spousal support ...
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