December

McKinley Irvin Blogs from December 2022

  • Why January Is a Big Month for Divorce

    Why January Is a Big Month for Divorce For many Americans, the holidays are a time of reflection. The holiday season can inspire us to reflect on the past year while preparing to ring in the new one. While the holidays can be a joyous season to share with friends and loved ones, they can also be a season of grief and loss. Many people find themselves struggling to cope during Christmastime, especially if it’s their first holiday season after divorce or the death of a loved one. Like the holidays, divorce can be seasonal. In recent decades, the month of January ...
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  • Legal Differences Between Annulment and Divorce

    Legal Differences Between Annulment and Divorce When it comes to legally ending a marriage, there are two options: divorce and annulment. Although both options can end a marriage, the legal grounds and consequences for each are different. Among the differences are the types of evidence required to obtain a decision and the obligations for the former spouse with each ruling. The biggest difference in legal grounds between a divorce and an annulment is that divorce ends a legally valid marriage, while an annulment declares a marriage legally invalid. Most couples pursue ...
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  • 5 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting During the Holidays

    5 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting During the Holidays The holidays are filled with festivities and complications for co-parents. This season can be stressful for anyone, but parents with shared child custody have additional obstacles that can turn the holidays sour. Follow these tips to maximize joy and minimize arguments during the holidays. Tip 1: Put the Children First Children should not dread the winter holidays because their parents live under separate roofs. This time of the year can still be special for everyone. Prioritizing the needs of the children keeps the emphasis ...
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  • Social Media Habits to Avoid During a Divorce

    Social Media Habits to Avoid During a 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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  • Does Marital Conduct Impact Spousal Support Awards?

    Does Marital Conduct Impact Spousal Support Awards? Marriage can come to a dramatic and abrupt end if a spouse’s misconduct becomes known. Adultery and drug abuse may drive an irreparable wedge between spouses, but misconduct does not typically affect spousal support in Washington State . Alimony – also called maintenance in Washington State – is typically awarded to bridge a big disparity between the spouses’ incomes and employability. Support is not designed as a punishment for a wrongdoing spouse. Instead, spousal support aims to help the lesser-earning spouse regain their ...
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