August

McKinley Irvin Blogs from August 2021

  • Three Ways to Reduce the Cost of Divorce

    Three Ways to Reduce the Cost of Divorce Divorce can be expensive, which is why clients often try to think of different ways to reduce the overall cost of divorce proceedings without compromising the quality of their legal representation. Although the final costs of divorce will ultimately depend on each spouse’s actions, the following tips can help keep divorce fees low. Be Efficient with Emails & Phone Calls to Your Divorce Attorney This does not mean you want to cease communication with your lawyer. Open communication between attorneys and their clients is ...
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  • FAQ: Stepchild Adoption In Oregon

    FAQ: Stepchild Adoption In Oregon Oregon residents who want to adopt a stepchild should work closely with an experienced adoption attorney who can take the time to walk them through each phase of the process. In this blog, our attorneys answer common questions that clients ask us about adopting stepchildren in Oregon. Question #1: Can a stepparent adopt a stepchild in Oregon? A: If a stepparent wants to adopt a stepchild, they must be an Oregon resident for at least 6 months and both biological parents must give consent. However, permission from both ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Welcomes Attorney Jane Malico

    McKinley Irvin Welcomes Attorney Jane Malico McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney Jane Malico to our Kirkland and Seattle offices. Before joining MI, Jane was a principal at Turtle Malico PLLC, where she guided clients through complex family law issues. Her former law partner will be relocating out of the area. Jane brings diverse experience to the firm. Prior to practicing law, she owned and operated a small business, worked as a sales director for a high-technology firm, and served in the Washington Air National Guard as an intelligence officer. ...
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  • David Starks Named 2022 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”

    David Starks Named 2022 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” We are proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has named David Starks the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for family law in the Seattle Metro Area. David is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a recognized leader on international family law issues, difficult custody disputes, and dissolutions involving significant financial assets and business interests. Best Lawyers selects only one “Lawyer of the Year” for each practice area and geographic location, making this accolade particularly significant. ...
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  • 19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America

    19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America 19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America McKinley Irvin is proud to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® . Attorneys listed in Best Lawyers are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process. A total of 55 family law attorneys in Washington state are included in The Best Lawyers in America list. With 8 attorneys listed as Best Lawyers and 10 recognized as Ones to ...
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  • Four Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for a Divorce Attorney

    Four Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for a Divorce Attorney Choosing the right attorney to handle a divorce case can be overwhelming with all of the different options that are available. However, having the right attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of matters like child custody , child support , and alimony. Although some people are tempted to hire the first lawyer they find just because they want to get the divorce over with as quickly as possible, it is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. Below, we explain what to consider and which mistakes to avoid ...
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  • Planning for the Kids' College Education After Divorce

    Planning for the Kids' College Education After Divorce Parents can have very different ideas about college regardless of the status of their marriage. However, these differences of opinion can become more divisive once a marriage has ended and the ex-spouses have started new lives and, possibly, new families. Planning for post-secondary education in the context of a divorce is further complicated by the fact that not all states will order a parent to pay support to a child after the child reaches the age of majority. The following are three essential steps that you should take ...
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  • Common Financial Pitfalls in Divorce Agreements

    Common Financial Pitfalls in Divorce Agreements Negotiating a divorce settlement can be a complicated and stressful ordeal for all involved parties. There are numerous decisions both parties will be forced to make that can substantially impact their financial security, which is why it is important to fully understand all of the terms of a divorce agreement. A poorly drafted agreement containing vague language might be unenforceable and leave one spouse vulnerable to financial pitfalls. Below, we explain which financial matters need to be considered to draft an effective ...
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