Blog Posts in 2017

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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How is a Gray Divorce Unique?

According to nationwide statistics, the average person getting their first divorce is 30 years old, and the average length of a marriage in the United States is only eight years. While these ...
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Modern Technology Issues that Affect Divorce

Technology has become a deeply integrated aspect of most people’s lives in our country. Modern couples are surrounded by technology every day, from computers to smartphones to social media and ...
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