Blog Posts in 2016

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Guiding Your Children Through the Holidays During a Divorce

For many children, the holiday season is the most anticipated time of the year. However, it can be a very stressful and emotional time for a child to endure if their parents are in the midst of a ...
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Family Vacations After Divorce: Yes or No?

Is it normal or healthy for ex-spouses to vacation together as a family for the sake of the children? Recent buzz on social media seems to indicate that post-divorce family vacations might be becoming ...
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5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays During a Divorce

The holidays can be stressful during even the best of times, but for people who are in the middle of a divorce or who have recently had their divorce finalized, the holidays can be an incredibly ...
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Who Pays the Bills During a Divorce?

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may be wondering who is responsible for paying household bills until the divorce has been finalized. Should you be held responsible for ...
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Three Common Divorce Myths Debunked

Divorce is already challenging enough without the confusion caused by inaccurate information. There are many beliefs and perceptions out there about the divorce process that simply aren’t true ...
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The Interesting Legal Issues Surrounding the Brangelina Divorce

Georges Biard [ CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons As most of the world knows by now, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, her husband of two years with whom she has been in a ...
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Can Divorce Affect College Education Savings for Your Child?

When you begin saving money for your child’s college education, divorce is likely the furthest thing from your mind. However, if you do decide to divorce, there is a chance that the funds will ...
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11 Things You Should Do After Your Divorce is Finalized

So, your divorce has been finalized and you’re relieved it’s over. It is at this point that many people would like to not have to think about it for a while, or ever again. While this may ...
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How Different Types of Assets are Valued in a Divorce

One of the most important, and often contentious, aspects of divorce is the division of assets. For a marital estate to be divided equitably, each asset must be assigned an accurate monetary value. ...
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Why Rushing a Divorce Can be a Bad Move

Divorce can be a highly emotional process, so it is no surprise that many couples want to get it over with as soon as possible. However, in most situations, it does not do you any good to rush through ...
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Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

There are several reasons why a divorced parent may wish to relocate with their child. He or she may have a new job opportunity that will put them in a better financial position. Or they may wish to ...
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What to Do When You Suspect Your Child's Other Parent is Abusing Alcohol or Drugs

If you suspect that your ex-spouse is abusing alcohol or drugs and they have either full or joint custody of your child, your child’s safety is your first priority. What are your options? What ...
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Am I Entitled to My Ex's Retirement Benefits?

Contemplating a divorce in Oregon? There are a number of factors that will have to be considered, including division of assets and debts. While many people think of the house, car, and personal items ...
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Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Get SSI?

If you are getting a divorce and you and your spouse have children, you may have questions about your child support obligation, especially if you are not currently employed and receive Supplemental ...
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Do I Have to Pay Child Support with Joint Custody?

When you and your former spouse are granted joint custody of your child, you might assume that you will not be responsible for child support payments. After all, the more time a parent has with a ...
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Getting Divorced with Very Young Children

If you and your spouse are the parents of an infant or toddler and have decided to end your marriage, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make involves child custody and parenting time ...
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Things to Do While Visiting Your Children in Portland, Oregon

When parents travel to different cities in order to spend quality time with their children, finding kid-friendly and fun things to do is sometimes challenging. For this reason, our Oregon divorce ...
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What Am I Entitled to in a Divorce in Oregon?

Quite often, we are asked what a person may be entitled to in a divorce in Oregon. Some want to know if they are entitled to support payments from their spouse. Some people are concerned how assets ...
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What You Need to Know About Mediation in a Divorce Settlement

Mediation is a dispute resolution method often used to negotiate a divorce settlement. In divorce cases that involve mediation, the couple hires a third party who is neutral to both parties to serve ...
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Does My Ex Spouse's Credit Affect Mine?

Many people going through a divorce wonder if their ex-spouse’s credit will affect their future or their future financial decisions. While many financial matters must be handled on a ...
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Rebuilding or Maintaining Friendships After a Divorce

No matter what the circumstances may be, getting divorced takes a lot of your time and attention. It also can cause stress, anxiety, and is overall an emotional time. Often, this can limit the amount ...
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How Much Does the Average Divorce Cost in Oregon?

Like many things in life, divorce isn’t cheap. The process of dividing one household into two requires significant work, which can be costly. There are many expenses to consider, including legal ...
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Divorce Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads

There are no firm stats on how many parents choose to stay at home with their children, but evidence indicates an increasing trend of moms and dads who wish to be stay-at-home parents. When a couple ...
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Two McKinley Irvin Attorneys Selected to 2016 Oregon Super Lawyers

We are proud to congratulate our partner, Jeffrey Matthews, and senior attorney Mindy Stannard for their selection to the 2016 Oregon Super Lawyers list. Only 5% of attorneys in the state are chosen ...
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What You Should Know About Social Media & Divorce

A recent report made by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that the word “Facebook” is mentioned in one-third of all divorce filings. Surprised? While social media sites ...
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