McKinley Irvin Blogs from July 2017

  • Liz Michelson Named 2017 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year"

    Liz Michelson Named 2017 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" We are proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has named Liz Michelson the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in the Seattle metro area. Best Lawyers selects only one “Lawyer of the Year” for each practice area and geographic location. The attorney chosen presented with the highest overall peer reviews. While this is her first time as the recipient of “Lawyer of the Year,” Liz has been recognized annually by the Best Lawyers for the past 18 years. She has practiced family law in Snohomish County since 1980 and is widely ...
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  • What is Considered Separate Property in a Divorce?

    What is Considered Separate Property in a Divorce? There are two general types of assets or properties in a divorce, communal assets and separate assets. In the state of Washington, everything acquired during the marriage is considered communal property (also known as “shared” or “marital” assets). Separate properties are those individually owned by one spouse independently. So, how do you decipher which is which? Discerning communal property from separate property can be extremely complex, especially when you are dealing with long marriages or high-asset divorces where ...
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  • Summertime Co-Parenting Tips

    Summertime Co-Parenting Tips While summer means fun and relaxation for most families, for divorced and separated parents, summer break can be quite complicated. Between day care arrangements while school is out, negotiating extended summer vacations, and rearranging custody, summer can be problematic at best. Whether you have a friendly relationship with your co-parent or the two of you try not to be in the same room together, improving the way you communicate can only serve to benefit your situation. To help make sure your and your children’s summer is ...
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  • How to Survive Wedding Season When You Are Recently Divorced

    How to Survive Wedding Season When You Are Recently Divorced Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes warmer weather, bright and fragrant flowers, blue skies, and, of course, weddings. Weddings can be stressful for anyone, but if you’ve recently been through a divorce, this season of love can be a particularly distressing prospect. If you aren’t sure how to handle the wedding season, know that you are not alone. To make the process a bit less overwhelming, try to evaluate each invitation as you receive it, and consider a few key things: Who is the happy couple, to you? If ...
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