McKinley Irvin Blogs from April 2023

  • What to Expect in an Initial Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer

    What to Expect in an Initial Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer Filing for divorce is rarely an easy choice to make. How couples choose to navigate and prepare for the divorce process can have significant important legal and financial ramifications for all involved, making it all the more vital to hire the right divorce lawyer before taking legal steps or signing any contracts. Many Washington and Oregon families are understandably intimidated by the complexities of divorce, from deciphering legal jargon to meeting important deadlines to filing the correct forms. Scheduling an initial ...
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  • Reasonable Visitation Explained

    Reasonable Visitation Explained When parents go through a divorce, their children often end up living primarily with one parent instead of the other. The parent with whom the children live most of the time is known as the custodial parent, while the other parent is known as the noncustodial or visiting parent. The custodial parent generally retains legal custody of the children, which gives them the ability to make important decisions on behalf of the child. Though visitation rights depend on a variety of factors, courts believe it is in the best interest ...
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  • Preparing for Divorce After Financial Abuse in Marriage

    Preparing for Divorce After Financial Abuse in Marriage Financial abuse in marriage can have devastating and lasting impacts on an individual’s health and wellbeing, even after filing for divorce. Sadly, this form of marital abuse can be difficult to detect, as abusive spouses often resort to tactics that are subtle and easily hidden in plain sight. While no one deserves to experience the fear and powerlessness of being financially abused by a partner, there are various ways for survivors of financial abuse to prioritize their safety and recover financial independence after ...
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  • How the Length of a Marriage May Affect Divorce

    How the Length of a Marriage May Affect Divorce The length of a marriage is one of several important factors for a court's consideration in a divorce and is primarily relevant to two aspects of a marital dissolution: the division of marital property and spousal support. Does the Length of a Marriage Affect Property Division? The length of a marriage can influence two aspects of property division. First, the duration of the marriage is relevant to the precise distribution of property between the spouses. Second, long-term marriages often involve more complex property ...
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  • What to Expect in a Mediated Divorce

    What to Expect in a Mediated Divorce More often than not, divorce is a difficult and stressful time for couples. After deciding on a divorce, there are various ways to dissolve a marriage in Washington state. One option available to eligible couples is divorce mediation, an alternative dispute resolution process that facilitates a mutually agreed-upon resolution through the help of a neutral third-party mediator. Unlike contested divorces, which often entail expensive and time-consuming litigation in the courtroom, the goal of a mediated divorce is to help ...
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  • FAQ: Father’s Rights

    FAQ: Father’s Rights Fathers are entitled to the same parental rights as mothers when it comes to family law matters like child custody, visitation, and child support. Fathers also have a right to participate in how their child is raised including where they go to school, their religious upbringing, and other important aspects of their lives. However, many unmarried and divorced dads must go to court and initiate custody cases for their parental rights to be recognized. Below, we answer common questions that fathers have about their parental ...
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  • How Child Support Is Determined When a Parent Has No Income

    How Child Support Is Determined When a Parent Has No Income If you don't have a source of income and cannot afford child support, you will still be required to make a monthly child support payment. If a parent does not have a source of income, the court may calculate income based on prior work history and/or the parent’s potential earning capacity. For example, if a parent is unemployed or underemployed, the court may look at the parent’s previous employment history to determine how much they are capable of earning again in the future. Essentially, your child support obligation will ...
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  • How to Collaborate Effectively with a Divorce Lawyer

    How to Collaborate Effectively with a Divorce Lawyer Filing for divorce is a stressful time. Hiring the right divorce attorney make all the difference in achieving a favorable result. One of the most important factors in achieving a successful outcome is establishing a good relationship with a qualified legal advocate. An experienced Washington divorce lawyer can provide sound legal counsel and dependable support to make the divorce process as efficient and pain-free as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss 6 ways to effectively collaborate with a divorce attorney. 6 ...
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