Blog Posts in 2014

Oregon is an "Equitable Distribution" State: What Does that Mean?

Unless a fair and reasonable division of property can be agreed upon, Oregon law states that a couple must divide their property under the principle of equitable distribution in a divorce. Equitable ...
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Dividing Retirement Funds in Divorce

One of the most significant parts of the divorce proceeding is going through the process to divide property and assets. Under Oregon's laws of equitable distribution, each spouse in the marriage ...
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When Should I Seek a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, you probably have a lot of questions about your legal rights. By staying informed on domestic violence and family laws, you can better ...
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Am I Entitled to Spousal Support / Alimony?

The state of Oregon has specific laws regarding spousal support, also known as alimony. This type of support can be awarded during the divorce process and in some cases, after. The court will order ...
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5 Unexpected Divorce Laws in Oregon

You may think you know the basics of divorce and family law, but most states are known to have a few obscure laws that individuals will try to use in various cases. While the laws do not affect most ...
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The 5 Greatest Lawyers in Film

There are countless movies and legal dramas out there, and many people have their favorites. Based on popular consensus, here are the five greatest lawyers in film. 1. Atticus Finch To Kill a ...
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Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First?

As with many questions about the divorce process, the answer to "does it matter who files first?" is "yes and no." Legally, it makes little difference which spouse files for ...
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7 Questions You Must Ask Your Family Law Attorney

Taking your time to research and interview attorneys can be beneficial; in fact, we encourage it. Before you dive in and retain legal counsel, consider asking your prospective family lawyer the ...
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Do Grandparents Have Legal Rights?

For many tight-knit families, grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren's lives. When parents divorce, however, sometimes grandparents can get the short end of the stick. ...
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How Child Custody is Determined in an Oregon Divorce

Family law is a legal area where courts are able to oversee and/or make decisions regarding familial relationships. This can be a difficult and challenging process because families are all incredibly ...
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McKinley Irvin's 2014 Oregon Rising Stars

McKinley Irvin is proud to congratulate our attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (and in 2014 Washington Rising Stars). These ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Block Same-Sex Marriages in Oregon

Same-sex marriage in Oregon weathered another hurdle this past Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block gay marriages. The ruling comes in response to a request from the National ...
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Oregon's Ban on Gay Marriage Struck Down by Federal Judge

On Monday, May 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon's ban on gay marriage. The ban, which was passed by Oregon voters in 2004, was deemed unconstitutional. For the many ...
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