Divorce & Family Law News

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A little knowledge can go a long way to protect your assets and family relationships. Planning can save headaches and money, and can provide peace of mind. The articles and tips in this section of the McKinley Irvin website are intended to help you understand and prepare for some of the more common issues you’ll encounter in a divorce, child custody, or other family law matter.

Please be advised that family cases can be very complex. The information provided here should not be construed as legal advice in your case.

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Are My Divorce Records Public?

Most divorce records are, in fact, considered a matter of public record and are contained in the county where your divorce was issued. It may feel a little invasive to know that divorce certificates ...
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School's Out: Negotiating Child Custody for the Summer

Child custody agreements will often need to be reconfigured during the summer months to allow for the changing schedules of children and their parents. School is out, and many separated parents need ...
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When Does a Child Need an Attorney?

Family legal issues can be emotionally draining, especially for the children involved. If a child’s parents are unable to come to an agreement over the legal decisions regarding their child, ...
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What You Need to Know About Divorce & Debt

Divorcing couples often worry about who will keep the house or the car, but not everyone is prepared to handle debt negotiations. Many American couples have debt of one kind of another, whether it be ...
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Attorney Amy Cross Joins McKinley Irvin

McKinley Irvin is delighted to welcome our newest attorney, Amy Cross, to our Portland office. Not only is she a formidable family law attorney, Amy also brings years of experience in estate planning ...
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What Are Temporary Orders and How Are They Used During a Divorce?

Divorce takes time, especially when spouses cannot quickly reach an agreement on certain issues. Urgent matters involving child custody and spousal support often require an immediate decision, which ...
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Life After Divorce

Going through a divorce can be an all-consuming ordeal. Most people find the process stressful, expensive, emotionally exhausting, and frustrating. So, after going through a divorce and coming out on ...
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What to Do if You Fear Your Ex Will Kidnap Your Child

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 350,000 parental abductions occur every year. “Parental kidnapping” is defined as the taking, or concealment, of a child by one parent in ...
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Can My Spouse Refuse to Sign Divorce Papers?

One of the most common myths divorce attorneys come across is the belief that a spouse must consent to a divorce for the process to move forward. Your spouse can certainly make the process more ...
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How to Negotiate a Divorce Settlement

A divorce settlement is a formal written agreement between ex-spouses that addresses several issues, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of property. While ...
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