McKinley Irvin Blogs from April 2015

  • What Happens if You Violate a Parenting Plan?

    What Happens if You Violate a Parenting Plan? When a parent violates a court-ordered or agreed-upon parenting plan, they run the risk of being held in contempt of court. Not only that, but they could face custody and visitation-related consequences if the court considers it to be a serious and consistent enough issue. You could be held in contempt for the following: Intentionally and repeatedly violating visitation times Failing to return your child to the other parent on time or at all Trying to alienate your child against the other parent Refusing to allow the other ...
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  • Who Pays the Bills During a Divorce?

    Who Pays the Bills During a Divorce? Many obstacles pervade the early stages of divorce. If you and your spouse have separated and hope to terminate your marriage, you might wonder who is responsible for paying the household bills. Questions for consideration: Am I responsible for bills if I move out? Should I open a separate bank account? What should I do with credit cards? Who is accountable to pay the mortgage? Couples should try to maintain the financial status quo, especially during the first stages of the divorce. In many cases, it is difficult or ...
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  • Debt & Divorce: What You Should Know

    Debt & Divorce: What You Should Know The average American household carries more than $15,000 in credit card debt, not to mention a $155,000 mortgage and over $30,000 in student loans. While most Americans regularly incur significant debt, these expenses can get complicated when paired with divorce. One of the most common questions asked by divorcing couples is, “how will we divide our property and assets?” Property division is one of the most contentious facets of divorce, but debt division can pose equally complex legal issues. How Washington Courts Handle ...
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