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  • Making Family Law Services Affordable

    Making Family Law Services Affordable We are excited to announce that McKinley Irvin has partnered with LexFin, a lending company that provides affordable financing plans for family law legal services. LexFin offers a solution to the financial hardships people face in family law cases. Managing personal, family, and legal expenses can be difficult, and in a divorce, the law typically prevents people from freely using their cash and assets while the divorce case is active, which can be up to one year or more. Many clients cannot afford to hire or maintain legal ...
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  • Common Divorce Issues High Net Worth Couples Face

    Common Divorce Issues High Net Worth Couples Face Each divorce presents a unique set of challenges to overcome so both spouses can move on to the next phase of their lives. However, when spouses with a high net worth get divorced, it is even more complicated to navigate because of the wide variety of assets, multiple properties, and business shares that need to be accounted for and divided. High net worth divorces involve spouses who have more than $1 million in liquid assets. If you fall into this category and are considering divorce, then you need to be aware of the ...
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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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  • Divorce and COVID-19: Making Halloween Fun for Kids

    Divorce and COVID-19: Making Halloween Fun for Kids This year, many parents will not be trick-or-treating with their children on Halloween and will instead stay home to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19. On top of the pandemic, parents who have recently gone through a divorce and alternate custody on holidays may be concerned that their children will struggle with so much change. While Halloween may look different this year, the following tips can help you keep your kids safe and still have fun. Each of the activities we discuss below can easily be used by the parent who ...
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  • Making a Parenting Plan for Halloween

    Making a Parenting Plan for Halloween Halloween is quickly approaching and for some divorced and separated couples , this means determining a co-parenting schedule. However, because Halloween is the type of holiday that people generally celebrate for just one evening, planning can be especially hard for co-parents. Below, we discuss some of the strategies co-parents use to divide time fairly with their children on Halloween. Review Provisions in the Existing Parenting Plan Although the details of a parenting plan are unique, there is usually a section within the ...
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  • Collaborative Law: A Court-Free Path to Resolution

    Collaborative Law:  A Court-Free Path to Resolution By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney Most people, including attorneys, use the term “collaborate” to mean working together cooperatively. When we use it in family law, we are referring to a specific process where both parties agree—in a contract—that they will not use litigation to resolve their family law matter. They will each hire a collaborative law attorney and begin to work together, using their attorneys to facilitate a process that aims to achieve a mutually agreed and sustainable agreement. Through ...
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  • Finishing, Enforcing, or Changing Court Orders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Finishing, Enforcing, or Changing Court Orders During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney Perhaps it is the increased time at home, or perhaps it is the increased economic anxieties, but it seems as if many people are finding themselves in situations where they are wondering if their original court orders should be modified moving forward. Others are seeing that their court orders may not be sustainable in the face of this pandemic and they need help to enforce the terms of their current decree or parenting orders. Because rules and practices regarding the ...
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  • COVID-19: Preparing for Divorce Trial When the Court is Ready

    COVID-19: Preparing for Divorce Trial When the Court is Ready By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney Many trials have been delayed, perhaps emphasizing the option to use alternate dispute resolution to come to a solution in divorces and other matters. Most family law cases will settle before they go to trial—in my area, the percentage of agreed cases is probably around 97%. Sometimes settlement is months before the scheduled trial date, soon after filing a case, or even before parties file at all. Sometimes settlement doesn’t come until weeks or days before the scheduled ...
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