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  • New Associate Christina Smith

    SEATTLE — McKinley Irvin, a Seattle-based family law firm, has hired Christina L. Smith as an associate attorney. Before joining McKinley Irvin, Smith practiced civil insurance defense litigation with an emphasis on professional liability tort claims, real estate malpractice and appellate practice. Smith also provided civil legal representation to juveniles in dependency actions with Clark County Legal Services of Las Vegas, Nevada. Smith graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University in 1994 with a bachelor of arts in ...
  • Soltero v. Wyman Washington Supreme Court

    Facts: Ms. Soltero and Mr. Wimer were involved in a meretricious relationship from 1992 to 2001. During that time Ms. Soltero worked for $18,000 per year at Mr. Wimer’s Honda dealership in Spokane. Mr. Wimer also owned several other associated motorcycle/ATV/snowmobile businesses. Ms. Soltero decorated the homes, worked in the gardens, and cooked for the couple and their guests. She did not contribute financially to the relationship but she “undertook all of the martial-like duties and obligations of the household.” During ...
  • Media Update: Single Women and Family Law

    Fifty-nine percent of Seattle women are now living without a spouse. This is significantly higher than the national figure of 51 percent quoted in recent news articles. Issues An increasing number of women are choosing to cohabitate without entering into marriage. Many of these relationships resemble marriage in every way but the legal documentation, leading to considerable legal complexities if and when the relationship ends. Questions about property and debt division, child support, partner support and other issues have ...
  • McCausland v. McCausland

    Facts: The parties were married for over 13 years and had significant assets. In setting support, the court extrapolated from the economic table to determine the amount of child support owed to the children. Held: The trial court may not use extrapolation in determining Washington State child support obligations. Although the court has discretion to exceed the economic table, it must support the award with written findings of fact based on the parents’ standard of living and the children’s special medical, educational, or ...
  • Domestic Partnership Bill Passes

    On Thursday, March 1, 2007, the Washington State Senate passed the Domestic Partnership Bill (SB 5336) by a vote of 28-19. This bill, which extends many of the benefits of marriage to unmarried couples, is widely expected to pass the House due to a Democratic majority. Governor Gregoire has already indicated her support for the bill and that she will sign it. SB 5336 will create a domestic partner registry which will be administered by the Office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is directed to prepare ...
  • Legal Benefits of Domestic Partners Registry

    On Thursday, March 1, 2007, the Washington State Senate passed SB 5336 by a vote of 28-19. This bill, which extends many of the benefits of marriage to unmarried couples, is widely expected to pass the House due to a Democratic majority. Governor Christine Gregoire has already indicated her support for the bill and that she will sign it. SB 5336 will create a domestic partner registry which will be administered by the Office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is directed to prepare separate forms for the ...
  • Media Update: Divorce and Taxes

    With tax season fast approaching there are many things to consider. This is especially true for anyone going through a divorce, according to Sands McKinley of family law firm McKinley Irvin of Washington State. Beyond the normal questions of taxes, issues surrounding divorce and taxes can add fuel to already emotional situations. McKinley Irvin offers a nine-step overview of what people going through a divorce need to consider. The tips cover the following topics: Whether to file as married or single Who claims Head of ...
  • Washington State House Passes Domestic Partnership Bill

    SEATTLE — On April 10, 2007, the Washington State House of Representatives passed House Bill 1351, which is expected to be signed into law shortly. This legislation will result in the establishment of a domestic partnership registry that will provide eligible couples who register their partnerships with critical legal protections under Washington law. “Same-sex couples deserve the legal protections afforded by this important legislation,” says Sands McKinley, Managing Partner of the Seattle family law firm McKinley Irvin, ...
  • Domestic Partners Registry: Impact & Implications in Washington

    Friday, April 20, 2007 Thursday, June 14, 2007 Rainier Conference Center, 3rd Floor Atrium, 1301 Fifth Ave., Seattle Registration 12:00pm – 12:30pm; Program 12:30pm – 2:00pm. A selection of pizza, salad, and soft drinks provided, 1.5 CLE Credits Approved Presented by Elizabeth A. Hershman-Greven McKinley Irvin, PLLC, Seattle On March 1st, the Washington Senate passed SB 5336, which would establish a domestic partnership registry. The House is expected to pass the bill and Governor Christine Gregoire has indicated that she ...
  • New Associate Chad R. Eubanks

    SEATTLE — Chad R. Eubanks has joined McKinley Irvin as an associate attorney. McKinley Irvin is the largest family law firm in Washington State and is headquartered in Seattle. Previously, Eubanks worked at the law firm Brewe Layman in Everett where he practiced civil and domestic matters. Before his employment with Brewe Laymen, Eubanks worked as a law clerk in Spokane at Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo & Walker and as a law clerk in the Gig Harbor City Attorney’s Office. Eubanks graduated from the University of ...
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