2019

McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2019

  • 7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce

    7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce Before you and your significant other tie the knot, make sure you both have the same expectations going into your marriage. When couples communicate their wants, needs, and expectancies, they’re far less likely to find themselves having major disagreements about big life decisions that could eventually result in divorce. Even if certain topics don’t seem relevant to you now, they are almost certain to become so later down the line. When couples have different views on major issues, such as the desire to have children or ...
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  • Property Division in Washington State FAQ

    Property Division in Washington State FAQ Deciding how to divvy up your possessions and debts in a divorce is often one of the most difficult and tedious aspects in splitting up. Whether you have been together for 10 years or 10 months, you’ve likely accumulated assets as a married couple and deciding who gets what is a sensitive, stressful, and often confusing process. In order to make the divorce process a bit more manageable and transparent, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions regarding property division in Washington. If you’re going through ...
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  • Can I Move My Kids Out of the State Without My Ex’s Consent?

    Can I Move My Kids Out of the State Without My Ex’s Consent? Relocating with your children is a big decision, especially if you and your child’s other parent are no longer together. You might wish to move because of a job prospect, an educational opportunity, lower cost of living, to be closer to family, or simple for a change of scenery. Whatever the reason, your ability to move out of Washington state with your child depends largely on your current parenting situation. Before you move your kids out of state, make sure you don’t need their other parent’s legal consent. Learn more ...
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  • 6 Things to Do Before You Ask Your Spouse for a Divorce

    6 Things to Do Before You Ask Your Spouse for a Divorce As commonplace as the practice may seem, a divorce is an enormous undertaking. If you’re in a position where you plan on asking your spouse for a divorce (or if you know a divorce is coming), you can protect your best interests and prepare yourself for what’s to come by being proactive before the divorce begins. While it may feel callous or selfish to plan for a divorce, especially if your spouse is unaware, remember that while the ending of a marriage is an emotional process, a divorce is a legal process. If you head into a ...
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  • Bad Social Media Habits to Avoid During Your Divorce

    Bad Social Media Habits to Avoid During Your Divorce Divorce is challenging, which is why so many people take to the most readily available outlet they know to vent their emotions: social media. Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends, sharing exciting experiences, and getting into contact with new people. However, during a divorce, social media can be damaging and dangerous. While social media can sometimes serve as a great outlet, it should never be a place you go to share personal information pertaining to your divorce . Find out what bad social media ...
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  • Child Support for Children with Special Needs

    Child Support for Children with Special Needs When a court decides how to distribute child support payments, they consider several factors, including the mental and physical health of the child. The child’s well-being will always come first in the eyes of the court, so if a child has a special set of needs, the court will consider how those needs may affect the child’s care and living expenses. Whether you and your child’s other parent share custody or one of you has primary custody, it is important for you to understand how your child support could be affected by your ...
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  • A Guide to Divorce Hearings in Washington

    A Guide to Divorce Hearings in Washington Depending on the divorce process you choose, you may end up attending one or more court hearings to help fine-tune some of the conditions of your divorce while your case is pending. A hearing is a court proceeding that determines temporary or procedural matters in your divorce and is different from a divorce trial. If you are beginning the divorce process, make sure you are prepared for each step, including any potential hearings. To learn more about divorce hearings in Washington state, read below. Hearings to Obtain ...
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  • How Does Wealth Affect Divorce?

    How Does Wealth Affect Divorce? A dissolution of marriage is, in many ways, like the dissolution of a business when it comes to assets and property. The financial holdings of the divorcing couple must be identified, valued, and distributed between the parties. When a divorce involves a hefty financial portfolio, each of those steps are more time-consuming and resource-intensive, often taking years to resolve. There are even more ways in which wealth will affect the divorce process: Marital agreements are often a factor Wealthier couples are more likely to ...
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