February

McKinley Irvin Blogs from February 2022

  • An Overview of the Financial Effects of Divorce

    An Overview of the Financial Effects of Divorce Divorce will affect every facet of your life, including your finances. Before you file, it is important to understand how the separation will influence your financial standing. Although your personal living expenses may decrease somewhat when you and your spouse part ways, your finances will probably need time to recover — divorce still requires you to divide one household income to support two new households. Financial Factors to Consider During Divorce Researchers estimate that, in the United States, the average divorce ...
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  • Common Issues in International Divorces

    Common Issues in International Divorces International divorces can be particularly complicated. When spouses file for divorce but live in different countries, they must navigate a variety of special circumstances in order to complete the divorce and legally end their marriage. Accommodating both the laws of the United States and the laws of another country is no small task, especially when it comes to matters like child custody and property division . Here are the important details that spouses need to consider when it comes to international divorce . Which ...
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  • Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues

    Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues When a couple is in the midst of divorce, pregnancy can be incredibly stressful. While some couples may choose to postpone the divorce until after the child is born, others may feel waiting isn’t an option. Can You Get a Divorce While Pregnant? Yes, in the state of Washington, you are allowed to finalize your divorce even if you are pregnant. Although the courts cannot prevent you from divorcing simply because a spouse is pregnant, you may encounter some legal issues as you begin the dissolution process. Will the Other ...
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  • Protecting a Business From Divorce

    Protecting a Business From Divorce Although no one gets married expecting that it will end in divorce, it is not an uncommon outcome when one or both spouses own a business and put in long hours to ensure it is successful. While the business might succeed, the marriage can fray beyond repair and the spouses can end up filing for divorce . Whether you worked alone to build your business and you don’t want to risk losing any of it to a spouse who contributed very little to your success, or you worked together with your ex and you both made sacrifices to ...
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?

    What is a Parenting Plan Modification? Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of our lives adjust to reflect that. If something in your life or the life of your co-parent changes, a modification to your parenting plan may be in order. Parenting plans may become outdated or certain rules may no longer be applicable as time goes on and life changes. Whatever the reason, if a modification to your parenting plan ...
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  • What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents?

    What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents? Child custody is often complicated, but when the parents are unmarried, establishing parental rights can make custody , visitation, and child support more problematic. When two people have a child out of wedlock, custody of the child is immediately awarded to the mother, though the father may pursue custody for a variety of reasons. To better understand your rights as a parent, we’ve outlined some of the general rules relating to the custody of children of unmarried parents. The Mother’s Rights Unmarried and married parents ...
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  • What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation?

    What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation? Divorce has a heaviness to it that can be intimidating to some people who are unhappy with the condition of their marriage. To completely and permanently end a marriage (and any benefits the marriage may afford) causes many couples to hesitate, even if they no longer want to be together. If you are finding yourself in this situation, you should know that there is a “comfortable in-between” called legal separation . In Washington, legal separation is a legal action that enacts certain elements of a divorce, but does not end ...
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  • Enforcing Child Support in Washington

    Enforcing Child Support in Washington If a parent who has been ordered to pay child support fails to fulfill their legal obligation, then the parent who is collecting support can take action to enforce the child support order. The Division of Child Support (DCS) has the power to start collection actions against a noncustodial parent who fails to make child support payments. The custodial parent also has the option to file an enforcement action with the court if they want to request a judgment regarding the delinquent parent’s failure to pay child support. Common ...
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