McKinley Irvin Blogs from July 2016

  • Talking to Kids About Divorce: What You Should Know

    Talking to Kids About Divorce: What You Should Know While divorce is difficult on every member of a family, children often take the longest to adjust to the changes. If possible, speak with your spouse to agree on what information the children are to be given about the divorce. It is always wise to seek professional guidance. If agreement is not possible try to delay advising the children until after obtaining professional guidance from a qualified counselor, psychologist, or parenting expert. While children will have questions about how a divorce will affect their lives, ...
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  • Marc Christianson Named Top 10 Attorney in Washington State

    Marc Christianson Named Top 10 Attorney in Washington State Attorney Marc Christianson, law practice managing partner at McKinley Irvin, is the sole family law attorney to be named in the Top 10 of the 2016 Washington Super Lawyers list. We are thrilled to announce that Marc Christianson has been selected by his peers and the Super Lawyers organization as a Top 10 attorney in Washington State. Marc is a trusted Family Law attorney and known throughout Washington for his professional, compassionate, and experienced advocacy in pursuit of the best possible results for our firm's ...
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  • The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples

    The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples Unmarried couples have different rights than married couples. But, if you're living together as an unmarried couple and your relationship is ending, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. If you want to end an unmarried relationship: If you are living with someone in an unmarried relationship and are thinking about ending the relationship, do you know your rights? If you would describe your relationship as marital-like, if you commingled finances, or if you have children together, it is advisable to consult with a ...
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  • Am I Entitled To My Spouse's Inheritance?

    Am I Entitled To My Spouse's Inheritance? People contemplating or going through divorce frequently wonder which assets are subject to property division and which are not. For example, many individuals often question if an inheritance is divisible in a divorce. Inheritances Not Divided as Community Property in Divorce In most cases, inheritances are not subject to equitable distribution in a divorce since they are not considered community property. Rather, inheritances are considered separate properties, meaning an inheritance belongs to the person who received the ...
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  • Will Divorce Ruin My Life?

    Will Divorce Ruin My Life? When spouses grow apart physically, mentally, and emotionally, some choose to work through issues and difficulties, while others find their situations unbearable or beyond repair. For individuals in the latter situation, divorce appears to be the most appropriate course of action. However, many fear that divorce will ruin their life. Perhaps this is why most people think about divorce for an average of two years before taking action. Because our Washington family lawyers understand how stressful life can become leading up to ...
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