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  • New Tax Laws Apply to Divorces Finalized in 2019

    New Tax Laws Apply to Divorces Finalized in 2019 Nobody likes filing their taxes, and for couples whose divorce was finalized in 2019, it may become even more complicated with the new 2019 tax laws. A few recent changes may affect how you file your taxes as a divorced individual, and it can change what type of return you claim. While these new laws may prove beneficial for some, it’s always best to get ahead of the game by preparing for these new changes. Before you’re blindsided by these new tax rules, make sure you know what the new tax laws are for 2019 and find out how ...
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  • 4 Things to Consider Before a Divorce

    4 Things to Consider Before a Divorce Filing for divorce is a serious decision not to be made lightly, so before you take the plunge, there are a few things you should think about before you act. For example, you might want to find a counselor for your children or consult with a financial planner or accountant to make appropriate plans for your future. Whatever your situation, make sure you fully consider your options before you begin the divorce process. 1. Is a Legal Separation a Better Option? Divorce isn’t the best option for everyone, especially if you and ...
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  • Long-Distance Parenting Plans: Everything You Need to Know

    Long-Distance Parenting Plans: Everything You Need to Know Sharing parenting time is never easy, especially if you and your co-parent live a great distance apart. Families who live in different areas of the United States, or the world, should make sure they devise a parenting plan that accommodates the needs of long-distance families. There is no singular plan that works for every family, so, depending on your situation, several long-distance plans could work for you. To learn more about your parenting plan options for your long-distance arrangement, read through our must-know ...
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  • 8 Things You Should Never Do During a Divorce

    8 Things You Should Never Do During a Divorce Worried about what you should or shouldn’t do during your divorce? The divorce process can be complex, stressful, and intimidating, and determining the right choice at every crossroads can be exceedingly difficult. Between child custody battles, spousal support negotiations, and property division, you’ll certainly have your hands full once everything is underway. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to improve your circumstances and protect your interests. To make navigating this tricky road a bit easier, we’ve ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Listed in 2020's "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News

    McKinley Irvin Listed in 2020's For the ninth consecutive year, McKinley Irvin has earned a Tier 1 Family Law Ranking in the Seattle metropolitan area from U.S. News–Best Lawyers®. The 2020 listing also marks our third year to achieve a ranking in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. The annual “Best Law Firms” rankings published by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® identifies the nation’s highest-performing law firms through a comprehensive selection process that includes peer reviews addressing the abilities, professionalism, and integrity of a firm. In ...
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  • Who Has Child Custody When Parents Are Unmarried?

    Who Has Child Custody When Parents Are Unmarried? Ending a relationship is always challenging, especially when you and your significant other share children together. Unfortunately, figuring out how to divide parenting time isn’t nearly as easy as it is to determine who gets to keep the silverware or the furniture. If you are dealing with a child custody issue after a break-up, you have to consider each parent’s parental rights, their relationship with your child, and several other factors. If you are trying to figure out what will happen to your child custody arrangement ...
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  • Child Support Rules for Military Families

    Child Support Rules for Military Families All parents are financially responsible for their children in some regard, but military parents have a specific obligation to provide for their families. There are several laws in place designed to protect children and ensure that they receive the support they need so that they enjoy a healthy, prosperous childhood. Military service members are held to an even higher standard and are subject to punishment from their commanding officer if they fail to provide for their families. This applies to military parents who have ...
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  • Can I Date While I’m Going Through a Divorce?

    Can I Date While I’m Going Through a Divorce? Choosing to date before your divorce is finalized can be a tricky call, especially because you aren’t necessarily right or wrong one way or another. Everyone moves on in different ways and at different speeds, and some people take longer to “get back out there” than others. However, it is important to be mindful of how quickly you do decide to move on because dating during the divorce or separation process can bring about additional problems and challenges. If you are considering dating during your divorce or legal ...
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