Blog Posts in 2017

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Do Divorce Rates Spike After Summer Vacation?

Some things are more popular during different times of the year. Hot cocoa is better during the winter, pool parties are more fitting in July, and, according to research, divorce is most common after ...
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The Risks of Online Divorce Services

After you and your spouse have decided to divorce, the next step is customarily to select your respective lawyers and figure out how to proceed. However, in our modern-day society where technology is ...
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How Can I Get More Time With My Kids?

Being a parent requires a great deal of time and effort, especially when you feel your co-parenting agreement isn’t quite working out. When you want more parenting time with your children, it ...
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Why Is Full Financial Disclosure So Important in a Divorce?

Financial topics can be complicated, and in many marriages, one spouse may not have a full understanding of their financial state. For example, if one spouse handles the taxes that year, the other may ...
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Partner Jeffrey Matthews Named to 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Jeffrey Matthews for his inclusion on the 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers List. This is Jeff's eleventh consecutive year to receive this well-deserved honor. Only 5 percent of all ...
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Can My Spouse Refuse to Move Out During the Divorce?

Once you and your spouse decide to divorce, you’ll likely discuss how living arrangements will work going forward. For some couples, one spouse will decide to move out of the marital home, but ...
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What is a Divorce Settlement Conference?

In an effort to resolve issues in a divorce case, some couples may attend a settlement conference. Divorce conferences can either be mandatory or voluntary, and sometimes take place in a courtroom ...
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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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The Financial Realities of Divorce: How to Protect Yourself

Financial protection is one of the biggest worries many of our clients face when divorcing. Divorce can potentially place an undeniable amount of financial burden on both parties, especially if it is ...
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8 Reasons You Should Avoid a Cookie Cutter Parenting Plan

Divorced parents explore new territory when it comes to their children – from how they divide the child’s time to how parenting decisions are made moving forward. Instead of trying to fit ...
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Samantha Hazel Joins McKinley Irvin as Senior Attorney in Portland

We are thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our Portland office, senior attorney Samantha Hazel. Samantha brings a uniquely diverse background to the practice of family law. At McKinley Irvin, ...
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3 Things to Know About Long Distance Co-Parenting

Parenting plans allow for divorced or separated parents to maintain healthy relationships with their children. Not all parenting plans are as simple as scheduling which weekends either parent will get ...
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What is Domestic Violence and What Can You Do About It?

Domestic violence refers to any instance or pattern of abusive behaviors committed by one family member against another, or between individuals who cohabitate or are involved in a dating relationship. ...
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Why Would You Choose Legal Separation Over Divorce?

When someone is unhappy in their marriage, they choose to get a divorce, right? Why would anyone choose to only get a legal separation, then, if ending their marriage was their primary objective? For ...
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Should You Consider Going to Trial for Your Divorce?

Most divorces are settled, not litigated. Despite what you may have heard or seen in movies about court battles between divorcing spouses, an estimated 95 percent of divorce cases don’t ever end ...
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Don't Get Surprised by These 5 Divorce Issues

Divorces can be unpredictable. Aside from emotions, there are many things to consider during divorce proceedings – from the custody of children and asset division, to other matters you may not ...
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