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  • Parenting Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Parenting Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic Parenting issues during COVID are prevalent. Many disputes arise between parents during times of anxiety and we are currently experiencing a moment of global worry. For people who are already experiencing a contentious parenting scenario, the heightened stress of worry about finances and health has spilled over to additional parenting tension. For those with a serious concern about their children’s health, the concern is very real. Many people are making determinations about parenting that are not necessarily in line with ...
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  • Practical Issues for Divorces During the Health Crisis

    Practical Issues for Divorces During the Health Crisis By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney Some things are easier said than done during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if parties are agreed. While businesses are beginning to open up again, it is often with limited schedules and capacities, or specific rules. This means that some of the physical steps of separating may be a bit more difficult than they were prior. While this applies to just about anything that once seemed normal, the issue of moving to a new residence has been one that has required a fair amount of ...
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  • Temporary Orders for Divorces During COVID-19

    Temporary Orders for Divorces During COVID-19 By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney What are Temporary Orders? At the beginning of a case, usually after filing and beginning a divorce action with the court, parties seek temporary orders to determine who will live where, who will pay what bills, and how they will take care of the children, amongst any other particular issues, between the time of filing and the time of finishing the case. The more traditional route to temporary orders is through the court, by filing a series of documents and pleadings, ...
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  • Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney One of the side effects of the government’s stay-at-home orders is that people are now literally mandated to be in a house with a person who may be abusive physically, emotionally, or financially. Violence, control, and anger may be heightened by proximity and the aggravating factors of social stress, a bad economy, and the general anxiety of adapting to a new normal. Unfortunately, the stories—and jokes in poor taste—about the increase in domestic violence are true: Cases ...
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  • Living Together While Planning a Divorce During COVID-19

    Living Together While Planning a Divorce During COVID-19 By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney If you already knew you would like to move forward with a separation prior to COVID and you feel safe moving forward, you can continue to work on your case. If the plan—or circumstance—is to stay together in the same house pending next steps, there are a few things you can do to keep your case moving and to help avoid inevitable conflicts. Safety First Even partners who are not planning on a divorce are finding that stay-at-home orders are resulting in frayed emotions and ...
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  • Discussing Divorce During the Current Health Crisis

    Discussing Divorce During the Current Health Crisis By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney For many people, COVID—like other life-changing events—has only intensified their desire to move forward with their lives and to be honest with those around them. With the practical considerations and flexibility listed in this guide, you can absolutely get your case started so there is no need to delay approaching your spouse about a separation. If your partner is on the same page, you may even be able to use some of the tools listed in my Divorce and COVID-19 Guide to ...
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  • Parenting Plan Modifications and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Parenting Plan Modifications and the COVID-19 Pandemic By Casey Sanders , McKinley Irvin Family Law Attorney COVID-19 has had a broad impact on our society…but could it have an impact on parenting plans? Washington law heavily favors sticking with an existing parenting plan unless certain circumstances are met for “adequate cause” to modify the parenting plan. The most likely reasons for a court to find “adequate cause” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are a detrimental environment for the children, a substantial deviation from the plan by changing the primary residence of ...
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  • COVID-19 Does Not Mean You Need to Delay Your Family Law Matter

    COVID-19 Does Not Mean You Need to Delay Your Family Law Matter By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney When the word came out in March 2020 that attorneys were going to be working from home, I was worried about my clients. I know that interpersonal crises do not slow down even in the face of global pandemic and imminent recession. The legal system can be very slow to adapt to times, and I was worried about how my clients would be able to move their lives forward as everything around them closed down. Writing this in May 2020, I am pleased to say that we found ways to ...
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