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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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  • Legal Insights on the Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Divorce

    Legal Insights on the Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Divorce The world’s richest person, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is getting divorced. Today, Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos announced over Twitter the end of their 25-year-long marriage. The couple resides in Washington state, where Amazon is also headquartered, and where their divorce is likely to be finalized. As Seattle’s largest family law firm, attorneys at McKinley Irvin have been speaking with the media about the divorce and what effect it may have on Bezos’s wealth and his companies. About the Twitter announcement The ...
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  • What to Do If You Are Blindsided by Divorce

    What to Do If You Are Blindsided by Divorce All couples fight, right? But differentiating between those squabbles and the arguments that end marriages is sometimes easier said than done. Some spouses are aware of a mutual loss of love in a marriage, especially if there are pronounced issues, but others might be blindsided when their spouse asks for a divorce. If your wife or husband asked you for a divorce out of the blue, it can be extremely difficult to understand the circumstance you find yourself in. While your spouse has obviously had time to think and prepare ...
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  • Should You Change Lawyers in the Middle of Your Divorce?

    Should You Change Lawyers in the Middle of Your Divorce? When you commit to working with one attorney for your divorce, it can sometimes be tricky to switch to a new attorney in the midst of your split. Some people may wish to change attorneys because they aren’t happy with the progress they’ve seen so far, or they disagree with the attorney’s tactics, or perhaps they feel they cannot afford their legal fees. These issues may seem like enough to change attorneys, and sometimes they are, but it is important to thoroughly evaluate your situation before you move forward with changing ...
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  • How Domestic Violence Could Impact Your Divorce

    How Domestic Violence Could Impact Your Divorce When there is domestic violence in a marriage, ending that marriage is usually more complicated than a typical divorce. Domestic violence includes any type of physical abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, emotional abuse, or another form of harassment inflicted on one spouse by the other. If you or your child are the victim of domestic violence, it is important that you prepare for your upcoming divorce by understanding what to expect from the legal process. Seeking Protection Whereas other couples may be worrying about property ...
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  • How to Practice Self-Care During Divorce

    How to Practice Self-Care During Divorce Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult things you ever do. Even the most amicable splits can feel overwhelming and stressful, and contentious divorces can leave you feeling drained and heartbroken. Whatever your situation, it is important to remember to care for yourself during this trying time. Your mental, emotional, and physical health should be a priority, especially when you undergo such a dramatic life change. Make sure you practice self-care during your divorce by following these 5 tips: Know Your ...
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  • Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To

    Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack of legal documents at your fingertips. In addition to the information available online, you are also likely to hear plenty of advice and tips from friends, family members, and acquaintances who have already been through a divorce. With all this information coming your way, it can be hard to discern between good and bad advice. ...
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  • Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples

    Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples Marriage equality may have felt like a big leap and in many ways, it was, but we still have a long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy true legal equality in family matters. Just like any other couple, same sex-couples often wish to get married, start families, and live their lives with a healthy dose of peace and happiness. Unfortunately, certain legal issues and long-standing prejudice can stand in the way of family life for the LGBT community. Some of the more common family law issues for same-sex couples include: ...
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