2017

McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2017

  • 5 Co-Parenting Tips for When You and Your Ex Don't Get Along

    5 Co-Parenting Tips for When You and Your Ex Don't Get Along When you and your ex have a contentious relationship, it can make parenting much more difficult. Whether you were married to your ex or not, splits can be emotionally difficult and may result in feelings of anger or resentment on either side. However, when a couple shares children, those differences need to be set aside for the good of the kids. So, how can you co-parent when you and your ex don’t get along? To start, there are things you can do to ease tensions and make it easier for you and your ex to get along. See below ...
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  • How to Handle Your First Christmas After Divorce

    How to Handle Your First Christmas After Divorce If you’ve recently divorced and are experiencing some major changes in family life, you might be a little worried about how it all will affect the upcoming holiday season. The holidays are usually filled with happy memories, family traditions, parties, and get-togethers. While you can still find enjoyment in these activities, it is important that you and your family understand that your first post-divorce Christmas will certainly be different. Be Flexible Trying to make this holiday season the same as the ones you shared ...
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To

    Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack of legal documents at your fingertips. In addition to the information available online, you are also likely to hear plenty of advice and tips from friends, family members, and acquaintances who have already been through a divorce. With all this information coming your way, it can be hard to discern between good and bad advice. ...
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  • Two New Attorneys Join MI Vancouver Office

    Two New Attorneys Join MI Vancouver Office We are pleased to announce that Vancouver family law attorneys Lisa Martin and Lisa Ward have joined the firm. Our new team members bring a diverse range of experience to McKinley Irvin – and a fierce dedication to helping families in the Vancouver community. Lisa E. Martin, Senior Attorney , has over 20 years of family law practice experience in both Washington and Oregon. She is well known for her knowledge and skill in divorce matters that involve high assets and other complex divorce and family law issues. Lisa M. Ward, ...
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?

    What is a Parenting Plan Modification? Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of our lives adjust to reflect that. If something in your life or the life of your co-parent changes, a modification to your parenting plan may be in order. Parenting plans may become outdated or certain rules may no longer be applicable as time goes on and life changes. Whatever the reason, if a modification to your parenting plan ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Gets High Marks in U.S. News "Best Law Firms"

    McKinley Irvin Gets High Marks in U.S. News McKinley Irvin has been named in 2018 "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News–Best Lawyers in two major metropolitan areas For the seventh consecutive year, McKinley Irvin has received a "Best Law Firms" Tier 1 Ranking in the practice of Family Law for the Seattle metropolitan area. This year, we also achieved a Tier 2 Ranking in Family Law for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. What it means to be named in "Best Law Firms" To be eligible for a U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranking, a firm must have one or more ...
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  • How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?

    How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce? Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the abuse was also one of the reasons, if not the primary reason, for the divorce. This can make the divorce more difficult in a variety of ways. Legally, the abusive party is not considered more responsible for the divorce than the abused party, though abuse can affect details in the final divorce settlement. If you were emotionally ...
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  • Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples

    Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples Marriage equality may have felt like a big leap and in many ways, it was, but we still have a long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy true legal equality in family matters. Just like any other couple, same sex-couples often wish to get married, start families, and live their lives with a healthy dose of peace and happiness. Unfortunately, certain legal issues and long-standing prejudice can stand in the way of family life for the LGBT community. Some of the more common family law issues for same-sex couples include: ...
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