McKinley Irvin Blogs from August 2016

  • How Much Child Support Will I Get in Washington State?

    How Much Child Support Will I Get in Washington State? Child support in Washington State is calculated using the Washington State Child Support Schedule (WSCSS) to determine how much child support must be paid to a custodial parent each month. This schedule works a lot like an income tax table. It takes the income level of each parent into account in order to calculate a support amount that meets the needs of the child(ren). The schedule also exists to make sure that parents throughout the state either receive or pay similar amounts of support. Child support obligations are ...
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  • Does My Ex Get Half My Pension?

    Does My Ex Get Half My Pension? If you are earning or collecting a pension, divorce can raise several uncertainties about whether pensions or other retirement assets will be divided between the spouses. In most states, a pension earned during a marriage is considered a joint asset or a marital asset of both parties. In fact, in 1984 the Retirement Equity Act was passed, which put spousal pensions into play. For this reason, pensions, in most instances, can be divided during divorce – but they are not automatically divided. For pension funds or other ...
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  • Five McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers List

    Five McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers List McKinley Irvin is happy to announce that five lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Marc T. Christianson, Law Practice Managing Partner, Tacoma Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005 Jeffrey S. Matthews, Partner, Portland Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016 Elizabeth A. Michelson, Of Counsel, Everett Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001 David B. Starks, Partner, Seattle Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012 Gordon W. Wilcox, Of Counsel, ...
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  • Are People Happier after a Divorce?

    Are People Happier after a Divorce? No matter which way you slice it, divorce creates significant changes in a person’s life. On the cusp of major life changes, people often ask themselves, will this be worth it? Will this really make me happier, or am I setting myself up for an even worse situation? While it is rarely ever easy, divorce can be a catalyst for positive change for many people. Choosing to take that step is often the biggest hurdle – people contemplate divorce for an average of two years before taking action. While divorce is a deeply personal ...
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  • How Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Washington State?

    How Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Washington State? Unfortunately, one of the most common reasons people file for divorce is adultery. When this occurs, a person may begin to experience powerful emotions such as anger, regret, shame, sadness, and suspicion. While these feelings are completely normal, it is important that persons who choose to file for divorce after their partner has committed adultery retain highly experienced legal representation. Washington is a no-fault state, meaning that judges do not consider the reason for filing for divorce or whose “fault” it is, ...
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