McKinley Irvin Blogs from October 2014

  • The Best Countries for International Adoption

    The Best Countries for International Adoption Adoption is a big decision, and international adoptions come with even more choices. If you're considering an international adoption, the first question you need to answer is, "Where should I adopt my child from?" International adoptions can feel like an unending obstacle course of paperwork and legal complications, but some countries are more receptive to adoptions than other locations. Some of the most popular countries for international adoption are: China Ethiopia South Korea Ukraine Kazakhstan Haiti India The ...
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  • 10 Obscure Divorce Laws Still on the Books

    10 Obscure Divorce Laws Still on the Books Divorce is a serious issue, but it can be refreshing to look at it from a lighthearted perspective. In the United States and abroad, there still exist some obscure divorce laws that would make anyone do a double take. Here are the top ten weird divorce laws that are still on the books. If you live in Kentucky, make sure you have your mind made up when you file for divorce. In this state, it is against the law for someone to remarry the same person four times. Sounds like a longshot, but illegal nonetheless. Divorce is not ...
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  • Don't Get Divorced Without Answering These 5 Questions

    Don't Get Divorced Without Answering These 5 Questions You may be considering divorce, or perhaps you have already committed to dissolving your marriage. Whichever phase you find yourself in, we encourage you to ask yourself five important questions before you begin the divorce process. Being prepared for the divorce process will help you face what can be a difficult time with less stress and fewer surprises. How will divorce affect my family dynamic and relationships? Getting divorced can have a profound impact on you as an individual as well as your family dynamic. This may ...
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  • 5 Advantages of Getting an Annulment

    5 Advantages of Getting an Annulment Annulment does not acknowledge a beginning and end of a marriage like divorce, but rather it says that an official union never existed. In Washington State, this type of separation is not referred to as an annulment, but rather a Declaration Concerning Validity of Marriage. If you qualify, here are five advantages of annulling your marriage versus getting a divorce. 1. No Division of Property First of all, there are financial benefits to getting your marriage declared invalid. If you qualify for annulment, you will not have ...
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  • Social Security Benefits After Divorce

    Social Security Benefits After Divorce As a divorced spouse, you may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits based on your own or your former spouse's contributions to the system. The Social Security system allows for benefits for divorced spouses who meet certain conditions. The following information summarizes the conditions for Social Security retirement benefits, death benefits (aka survivor's benefits) and Medicare, and briefly describes the more common benefits available to the children of divorced spouses. Is Social Security considered an asset? ...
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