McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2014

  • What Does the Court do with Gifts and Inheritance During a Divorce?

    What Does the Court do with Gifts and Inheritance During a Divorce? If you are facing a divorce in Washington and are wondering if you will be able to keep a gift or inheritance, the first thing you should know is that Washington is one of nine states that are community property states. This means that all income and property earned during the course of the marriage by either you or your spouse is community property; the community property equally belongs to you and your spouse. If you do not want to split your community property down the middle, you and your spouse may be able to reach an ...
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  • Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

    Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents For many people, the holiday season causes as much stress as it does joy – especially if you are a divorced parent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately four million divorced parents live in the United States. If you are a parent with shared custody this holiday season, you are not alone. Experts believe the following guidelines can help you negotiate the holiday season a little easier as a divorced parent: Your kids are still the priority. You might be thinking "Of course my kids are my priority!" but it's ...
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  • On the Future of Law: Comments on the ABA Futures Commission's Issues Paper

    By Sands McKinley, Founder On November 3, 2014 the American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on the Future of Legal Services released an Issues Paper which solicits comments from the public. The paper includes numerous issues regarding access to affordable legal services by the public at a time when technology and globalization are changing the landscape of the legal industry. While all of the questions raised by the Commission in the Issues Paper are significant, this blog post sets out to provide comments on one primary ...
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  • How to Avoid Inessential Spending During Divorce

    How to Avoid Inessential Spending During Divorce Going through a divorce is emotionally taxing. Unfortunately, your psychological well-being isn't the only thing at stake; research suggests that post-divorce overspending is problem for many people, too. Some spending, such as legal costs, are a worthwhile investment and simply part of divorce logistics. Others are unnecessary and may be the result of emotional unrest or lack of planning. Here are a few inessential expenses to avoid during and after divorce: Spending too much money on your children. After a divorce, you ...
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  • Upcoming CLEs: Advanced & Emerging Family Law Issues

    Upcoming CLEs: Advanced & Emerging Family Law Issues Attorneys from McKinley Irvin will be presenting at these upcoming CLEs: Family Law: Advanced Issues (WA CLE – 6.00) Featuring MI attorneys Lindsay Camandona, Kim Schnuelle, and Lindsay Noel THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11 Seattle, WA – Washington State Convention Center To Register: http://www.nbi-sems.com/Details.aspx/R-67201ER%7C?ctname=SPKEM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 Tacoma, WA – Courtyard Tacoma Downtown To Register: http://www.nbi-sems.com/Details.aspx/R-67202ER%7C?ctname=SPKEM Course Content: Unions of Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples ...
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  • Can I Afford to Get Divorced?

    Can I Afford to Get Divorced? According to researchers, finances are a common factor in many divorces, surpassed only by young marriages and lack of education. Getting a divorce isn't free though, and even if financial differences contribute to your marital struggles, they can inhibit your ability to get a divorce, too. If you are considering a divorce, one of the first questions to cross your mind may be, "can I actually afford to get a divorce?" Be Honest with Your Lawyer When a couple divorces, their living expenses increase, but their incomes remain ...
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  • What Every Seattle Divorce Lawyer Should Be Telling You

    What Every Seattle Divorce Lawyer Should Be Telling You Divorce laws are different in every state, and even vary between counties. If you're seeking a divorce in Seattle, Washington, you need an attorney who can help you understand the ins and outs of the legal process ahead. Finding the right legal counsel isn't easy, though. Strong representation takes more than legal knowledge; it requires the right experience, skill, and insight. Here, you will find several vital pieces of information that your attorney should tell you, even though many legal professionals don't. Divorce is a ...
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  • Do Grandparents Have Legal Custody Rights?

    Do Grandparents Have Legal Custody Rights? Under Washington law, grandparents do not have legal custody or visitation rights to their grandchildren. This was not always the case – Washington once had a statute which permitted a grandparent or any other person to petition for visitation of a child if the child’s parents were going through a divorce. However, on April 5, 2005, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it infringed upon the rights that parents have over care, custody, and control of their children. As a result, ...
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