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McKinley Irvin Blogs from May 2021

  • Basics of LGBTQ Divorce

    Basics of LGBTQ Divorce In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, granting LGBTQ individuals the same privileges that heterosexual couples have under the law. LGBTQ individuals are entitled to tax exemptions, improved social security, and insurance advantages when they get married. Prior to the 2015 ruling, LGBTQ marriage was banned in 13 states, which meant that couples seeking divorce had to travel to other states or countries to legally dissolve their marriage. Thanks to the 2015 ruling, LGBTQ marriage laws ...
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  • Four Tips for Building Friendships After Divorce

    Four Tips for Building Friendships After Divorce Rebuilding a social life post-divorce can be messy, especially for those who lost friends because their marriage ended. Many people lose bonds with mutual friends they had with their ex-spouse and don’t feel motivated to meet new people. However, it’s important for newly divorced people to find friendships that will help them grow as they adjust to a new lifestyle. Tip #1: Reach Out to Friends You’ve Lost Touch With We all have old friends from different stages of our life that we lose touch with. Even if you feel guilty ...
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  • When Spouses Try to Hide Assets in Divorce

    When Spouses Try to Hide Assets in Divorce Unfortunately, some spouses try to play hardball by hiding assets before or during divorce proceedings so they can keep their ex-spouses from obtaining their fair share . Some spouses choose to hide assets because they fear they might receive less in the final divorce agreement, while others have managed their household’s finances for years and think they can get away with it because their ex has been left in the dark. No matter the reason, spouses who attempt to hide assets in their divorces can face serious consequences ...
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  • Common Legal Challenges Blended Families Face During the Divorce Process

    Common Legal Challenges Blended Families Face During the Divorce Process The number of blended families has grown significantly over the last decade. From people cohabiting together outside of marriage to gay marriages and second marriages, there is now greater social acceptance of non-traditional family structures. The modern family can sometimes include the biological children of both partners and stepchildren, which means different legal issues need to be considered by blended families. Child Custody When two people with children of their own marry and create a new family unit, issues like ...
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  • Family Law Attorney Timea Hanratty Joins McKinley Irvin

    Family Law Attorney Timea Hanratty Joins McKinley Irvin McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney Timea Hanratty to our Seattle and Kirkland offices. Timea represents clients in all family law matters with special interest in interstate and international child custody and support cases. Having previously worked as an estate planning attorney, Timea has considerable experience with all types of trust instruments and is highly skilled in complex high asset divorces. Timea has been recognized in the The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Family Law for the past ...
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