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  • What Happens When a Parenting Plan is Violated?

    What Happens When a Parenting Plan is Violated? When a parent violates a court-ordered or agreed-upon parenting plan, they run the risk of being held in contempt of court. Not only that, but they could face custody and visitation-related consequences if the court considers it to be a serious and consistent enough issue. The parent could be held in contempt for the following: Intentionally and repeatedly violating visitation times Failing to return your child to the other parent on time or at all Trying to alienate your child against the other parent Refusing to allow the ...
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  • Common Obstacles When Stepparents and Second Parents Adopt

    Common Obstacles When Stepparents and Second Parents Adopt Although being a stepparent is rewarding, many stepparents struggle when they encounter situations in which the legal rights associated with parenthood don’t apply to the relationship they have with their stepchildren. That is why stepparent adoption is such a major milestone for blended families. There are two common types of adoption in Washington, stepparent adoption and second-parent adoption. Stepparent adoption is a legal process by which the spouse of one of the biological parents legally adopts the child and the ...
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  • Parenting Rights for Stepparents

    Parenting Rights for Stepparents Roughly 40% of all married couples with children in the U.S. are blended families. With so many stepparents raising their spouse's children, the question of parental rights and legal guardianship is commonly raised when it comes to matters like discipline, medical decisions, and where the children will attend school. It is important to note that stepparents do not automatically have the right to make legal decisions for their stepchildren simply by virtue of their relationship to them. In order to obtain this right, a ...
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  • Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First?

    Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First? Are There Benefits to Filing for Divorce First? Many divorce attorneys argue that there really is no advantage to filing for dissolution (divorce) first, however, we believe that it depends on your individual circumstances. In general, there are certain financial and legal benefits to being the first to file for divorce. The advantages of filing for divorce first can include: More Planning : You get to plan in advance and take your time selecting a lawyer, rather than having to scramble to find a lawyer to meet with you and ...
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  • 7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce

    7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce Before tying the knot, couples should make sure they have the same expectations going into marriage. When couples communicate their wants, needs, and expectancies, they’re far less likely to find themselves having major disagreements about big life decisions that could eventually result in divorce. Even if certain topics don’t seem relevant now, they are almost certain to become so later down the line. When couples have different views on major issues, such as the desire to have children or other future goals, they might not ...
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  • FAQ: Stepchild Adoption In Oregon

    FAQ: Stepchild Adoption In Oregon Oregon residents who want to adopt a stepchild should work closely with an experienced adoption attorney who can take the time to walk them through each phase of the process. In this blog, our attorneys answer common questions that clients ask us about adopting stepchildren in Oregon. Question #1: Can a stepparent adopt a stepchild in Oregon? A: If a stepparent wants to adopt a stepchild, they must be an Oregon resident for at least 6 months and both biological parents must give consent. However, permission from both ...
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  • David Starks Named 2022 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”

    David Starks Named 2022 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” We are proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has named David Starks the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for family law in the Seattle Metro Area. David is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a recognized leader on international family law issues, difficult custody disputes, and dissolutions involving significant financial assets and business interests. Best Lawyers selects only one “Lawyer of the Year” for each practice area and geographic location, making this accolade particularly significant. ...
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  • 19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America

    19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America 19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America McKinley Irvin is proud to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® . Attorneys listed in Best Lawyers are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process. A total of 55 family law attorneys in Washington state are included in The Best Lawyers in America list. With 8 attorneys listed as Best Lawyers and 10 recognized as Ones to ...
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