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Puyallup Family Law & Divorce Attorneys

McKinley Irvin has helped many Puyallup residents navigate the divorce process and other complicated family law matters. Our Puyallup divorce lawyers are passionate about providing exceptional service tailored to each client’s goals and needs.

Divorce & Family Law Representation In Puyallup

If you are facing divorce in Puyallup, the accomplished family law attorneys at McKinley Irvin can help you identify your goals and protect your interests. We can assist in the following practice areas:

Communities We Serve

Our Puyallup divorce lawyers serve clients in Pierce County and statewide. We assist residents of Tacoma, Auburn, Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Fort Lewis, DuPont, and all of South King County with divorce and family law matters. For the convenience of our clients, we also facilitate consultation and ongoing client meetings through videconferencing and teleconferencing, which provides local clients an excellent opportunity to avoid traffic, and out-of-state and international clients an opportunity to speak face-to-face with their attorney despite great distances.

Schedule a Consultation With a Qualified Divorce Lawyer

Our Puyallup family lawyers can discuss your case in person, by phone, or via videoconference. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and have your questions answered. Our Client Services team can help you determine which attorney is best suited for your case.

McKinley Irvin Puyallup Family Law Firm

1011 E Main, Suite 456
Puyallup, WA 98372
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Puyallup Divorce FAQs

How is child custody determined in Puyallup?

In most Washington cases, the laws and the courts’ application of those laws advance the public policy that minor children should have frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Three major child custody matters need to be resolved during the divorce process: the residential schedule, the decision-making authority, and the parenting plan. If you are a parent facing divorce, it is imperative that you speak with a Washington divorce attorney as soon as possible. Read our Guide to Getting a Divorce in Washington State to familiarize yourself with Washington parenting and child support laws.

Should I mediate?

Some couples participate in mediation to work out the details of their divorce outside of court. Usually, both spouses attend mediation with their attorneys, and a third party mediator facilitates discussion and negotiation. Most of the time, people choose to participate in mediation to resolve their differences, but sometimes they participate in mediation because they are ordered to do so by a judge. Mediation can be a good alternative to trial if both parties are willing to communicate. Most Washington courts require that parties attempt to mediate prior to attending a trial.

Who pays each parties’ attorney and legal fees?

In a divorce case, you should be prepared to pay your own legal fees. It is most common in Washington State for each party to pay his or her own legal fees, unless there is bad faith by one party or a considerable difference in the parties’ financial situations. When a party requests that the other side pay his or her legal fees, the court applies a basic two-pronged test, 1) does the person making the request have a financial need, and 2) does the person being asked to pay have the ability to pay.

How long does a divorce take in Puyallup?

A qualified divorce attorney can give you an idea of how long your divorce may take. In Washington, there is a mandatory 90 day waiting period after a petition is filed before your divorce can be finalized. Most divorces take between four and eighteen months. Read our Guide to Getting a Divorce in Washington State to learn about factors that contribute to the length of a divorce.

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Careers at McKinley Irvin Puyallup

McKinley Irvin empowers every team member to grow and succeed by fostering an environment that promotes lifelong learning and innovation. Whether you are an attorney, legal support professional, or business professional, we can support you in your career development.

INTERESTED IN JOINING MCKINLEY IRVIN'S TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS?

If you are interested in a career at McKinley Irvin in our Puyallup office, please contact careers@mckinleyirvin.com or (253) 271-4605.


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McKinley Irvin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.

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