February

McKinley Irvin Blogs from February 2014

  • 5 Situations When You Really Need a Seattle Family Attorney

    5 Situations When You Really Need a Seattle Family Attorney There are situations when the assistance of a family law attorney can provide you with more options, better information, or other advantages that you may not have if you act on your own. Having someone on your side with a thorough understanding of the laws-and the ability to act quickly on your behalf-can sometimes make a significant difference. Here are a few examples of situations when an attorney is essential to get you the help you need. You’ve been served with divorce papers. If you have been served with divorce papers, ...
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  • How to Adopt a Child in Washington State

    Adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences a family can enjoy. However, following the proper legal procedure is vital to ensure the adoption is successful. Working with an experienced adoption attorney can make the process less stressful and streamlined. There are four basic types of adoption in Washington State: Step-parent adoptions; Second parent adoptions; Foster parent (or guardian) adoptions; and Independent adoptions What is the adoption process? While each adoption involves a unique set of ...
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  • Telling Your Children About Divorce

    Telling Your Children About Divorce Divorce is stressful under any circumstances. When children are involved, the stakes are even higher and emotions can ramp up. Nonetheless, when dealing with your children during the divorce process, it is important that you remain calm, providing as much stability and consistency as possible. It also is important to consider the effects of your every action on your children and their emotional states and routines. The following provides some guidance about when and how to speak to your children about your divorce. When ...
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  • How the Length of Your Marriage May Affect Your Divorce

    The length of a marriage is one of several important factors for a court's consideration in a divorce and is primarily relevant to two aspects of a marital dissolution: the division of marital property and spousal support . Does the Length of My Marriage Affect Property Division? The length of a marriage can influence two aspects of property division. First, the duration of the marriage is relevant to the precise distribution of property between the spouses . Second, long-term marriages often involve more complex property ...
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