Blog Posts in 2015

What to Expect in Divorce Court

Many people who face divorce proceedings for the first time are often apprehensive about divorce court because they don’t know what to expect. This fear of the unknown can be unpleasant, which ...
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5 Factors Specific to Getting a Divorce in Oregon

Divorce processes differ from state to state. In most cases, issues such as child custody, spousal support, spousal alimony, and property division do not differ tremendously. However, it is important ...
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4 Serious Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

You have chosen to go your separate ways and file for divorce. This time can be emotionally and mentally exhausting, and you may feel that all you want to do is get the divorce done and over with. ...
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3 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2015 Oregon Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce today that three attorneys from the firm’s Portland office have been selected to the 2015 Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Each year, only five percent of all ...
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How Mental Illness Affects the Divorce Process

When your spouse is dealing with a mental health issue, it can become a shared struggle – and one that can sometimes lead to divorce. In fact, a study published in 2011 on marriage, divorce and ...
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Are People Happier After Divorce?

Whether you were relieved to have finally gathered all the paperwork or were blindsided by your spouse’s filing, divorce can be an overwhelming obstacle to overcome. Even when you are eager ...
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Does Infidelity Affect Divorce in Oregon?

First, it is important to understand that Oregon is a no-fault divorce state. This means that there are no “grounds” required for divorce. In many ways, this will impact how infidelity is ...
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Creating a Realistic Long-Distance Parenting Plan

If you have children with your ex-spouse and live a distance from each other, establishing a workable parenting plan is likely one of the most important issues you will negotiate in your case. When it ...
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How a Team Approach Can Lower Your Divorce Costs

When it comes to filing for divorce, a team approach can save time and money. While an amicable divorce is not realistic for every couple, having a team on your side during the divorce process remains ...
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Divorce with Business Assets

Divorce is difficult enough as it is, but if you and your partner started a business together, these complications become magnified. By law, you and your spouse may share certain assets and, in the ...
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Legal Separation or Divorce?

Many couples live apart before seeking an official divorce. In Oregon, these couples can file for legal separation – a motion that allows them to remain married while pursing separate lives. ...
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Assets the Court Doesn't Divide in a Divorce

Oregon is an equitable distribution state; at the end of your marriage, the court will equitably (fairly) divide marital property between you and your spouse. By law, fair may not equate equal. While ...
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What to Expect if Your Divorce Goes to Trial

If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce, you may hope to resolve most – if not all – legal issues outside of a trial. While avoiding a trial has its benefits, your case may inevitably ...
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5 Ways an Adoption Attorney Makes the Process Easier

Making the decision to adopt a child is an exciting step for your family, but it is important that you are aware of all the processes and choices that come along with such a responsibility. You can ...
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What You Need to Know About Co-Parenting After a Divorce

Even when you and a former spouse have made the decision to end your marriage, your relationship with one another may never actually be over when children are involved. After a divorce, you must move ...
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8 Tips for Negotiating Child Support in a Divorce Agreement

When a couple separates, whether married or unmarried, there are often significant decisions to be made regarding the future. When children are involved, those choices must be carefully considered. ...
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How Can I Keep My House in a Divorce?

With so many tumultuous changes occurring during a divorce, you may not wish to leave the marital home. It is something solid and comforting to hold on to, and it may be important to you to raise your ...
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6 Specific Qualities to Look For In a Divorce Lawyer

One of the most important tools that you can have on your side in a divorce or family law case is a seasoned divorce attorney. You want a legal professional that will take the time to advocate on your ...
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The Rights of Unmarried Couples in Oregon

The average American family continues to shift and evolve, and more and more families are living together without the legal protections of marriage. While these unmarried couples may cohabitate ...
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How Long Does a Divorce Take in Oregon?

When a couple decides to get a divorce, they are not just ending their relationship with one another-they are making the decision to separate their lives, property, debts, and children from the ...
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