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A little knowledge can go a long way to protect your assets and family relationships. Planning can save headaches and money, and can provide peace of mind. The articles and tips in this section of the McKinley Irvin website are intended to help you understand and prepare for some of the more common issues you’ll encounter in a divorce, child custody, or other family law matter.

Please be advised that family cases can be very complex. The information provided here should not be construed as legal advice in your case.

  • 8 Reasons Parents Can Lose Custody

    8 Reasons Parents Can Lose Custody If you and your ex are dealing with a custody issue, you might be worried about losing time with your children, or potentially losing custody altogether. Thankfully, courts are usually hesitant to award sole custody to one parent over the other, but it can happen in certain circumstances. Oregon courts favor co-parenting whenever possible because ample research has supported the theory that children thrive best when they can have relationships with both parents. However, not all children benefit from involvement with both ...
  • Am I Ready for a Divorce?

    Am I Ready for a Divorce? Nobody gets married expecting a divorce, so when the thought enters your head, it might seem completely unfathomable. Deciding to seek a divorce is a big decision, and it can be difficult to determine whether you’re ready for such a step. There are several factors to consider before you make any moves, including how this decision could impact you financially, legally, and emotionally. If you are contemplating a divorce, ask yourself these 6 questions to determine if you’re ready. 1. Can you let go of your marriage? Sometimes ...
  • Attorney David Gross Joins McKinley Irvin in Vancouver

    Attorney David Gross Joins McKinley Irvin in Vancouver McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney David Gross to our Vancouver office. David is not only a seasoned and skilled family law attorney – he also brings years of courtroom experience as a former senior deputy prosecutor in King County. David is passionate about the law and helping his clients overcome difficult situations. He will focus his practice on family law matters involving divorce, legal separation, child custody, LGBT family law, domestic violence, adoption, and issues for unmarried couples. David ...
  • 6 Common Financial Mistakes to Avoid During Your Divorce

    6 Common Financial Mistakes to Avoid During Your Divorce Anyone going through a divorce wants the process to go as smoothly as possible, especially when it comes to the cost. Unfortunately, many people make serious financial mistakes as they begin the divorce process, and those financial decisions likely come back to haunt them later on. Divorce is all about hard choices and going through the details of your finances can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. However, the financial decisions you make during your divorce can contribute significantly to your future economic ...
  • Understanding Child Custody Laws for Unmarried Parents in Oregon

    Understanding Child Custody Laws for Unmarried Parents in Oregon When a child’s parents are unmarried, the way in which they handle child custody issues after a break-up can be different than they would if they had been spouses. Couples who go through a divorce have a substantial amount of legal issues to sort out, child custody being only one of them. However, for parents who are unmarried, their separation will likely only require a few legal arrangements, the most significant being child custody. It is important to establish a legally-binding child custody plan, even if you and your ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Legal Separation

    Frequently Asked Questions About Legal Separation Even though a legal separation isn’t as final as an official divorce, it is a big step that should not be taken lightly. People separate for a variety of different reasons, whether they’re using this as a stepping stone before a divorce or choose to take some time to reevaluate what they want out of their relationship. In any case, it’s important to consider how a separation could impact your life. If you and your spouse are thinking about separating, either temporarily or permanently, make sure you know what to expect. ...
  • What is a Contested Divorce?

    What is a Contested Divorce? When couples decide to divorce, they very rarely have everything worked out ahead of time. Sorting out serious issues like child custody, spousal support, and property division can be difficult for even the most amiable spouses, and a downright nightmare for more contentious couples. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on some or any of the terms in your divorce, your divorce is considered “contested.” When Does a Divorce Become Contested? Essentially, if one or both spouses dispute the terms of the divorce it is ...
  • Partner Jeffrey Matthews Named 2018 Oregon Super Lawyer

    Partner Jeffrey Matthews Named 2018 Oregon Super Lawyer Congratulations to Jeffrey Matthews for his inclusion in the 2018 Oregon Super Lawyers List. The 2018 listing marks the eleventh consecutive year that Jeff has been recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers, achieving an annual listing every year since 2007. Each year, no more than five percent of all attorneys in Oregon are selected as Super Lawyers. “We congratulate Jeff for his selection as a 2018 Oregon Super Lawyer, and for his continued leadership in the practice of family law,” said Rita Herrera Irvin, founder of McKinley ...
  • Is It Wise to Get a Quickie Divorce?

    Is It Wise to Get a Quickie Divorce? It may seem like a good idea to get your divorce over with as soon as possible, but this could come with several downsides. While you will be able to disentangle yourself from your spouse more quickly than you would with a typical divorce, you could also lose assets, certain rights, and future security in the process. Before you commit to a quick divorce, make sure you know what cutting corners could cost you. What is a Quickie Divorce? A "quickie divorce" is just a casual term that refers to a very sped-up divorce process. ...
  • Making it Final: Your Post-Divorce Checklist

    Making it Final: Your Post-Divorce Checklist Even though your divorce is coming to a close, you're likely not finished just yet. You may feel impatient to put your divorce behind you and move forward with your life; but to do that, you need to make sure everything with your divorce is neatly squared away. As a newly divorced person, you may have new responsibilities, expenses, obligations, and a few additional items on your to-do list. You might need to make some changes to your financial situation, update your legal documents, and create a new plan for your immediate ...
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