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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.

  • Divorcing While Pregnant

    Divorcing While Pregnant If you are pregnant and seeking a divorce, make sure you know how your current state could affect your legal proceedings. An unexpected pregnancy can become quite complicated when the expecting couple is interested in dissolving their marriage, which is why it’s important to act quickly to seek legal advice and discover your options. Although speaking to an attorney is undoubtedly the best option, we’ve also provided a brief explanation to help shed light on your situation. How Does Oregon Law View Pregnancy During Divorce? ...
  • Does Oregon Have a Higher Divorce Rate Than Other States?

    Does Oregon Have a Higher Divorce Rate Than Other States? While the U.S. Census Bureau is mostly known for collecting data to determine the population every 10 years, the Bureau also gathers information regarding divorce rates in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey that was released in 2013, 10.5% of adults in the country have divorced a spouse at some time in their life. But in Oregon, the divorce rate among adults was 12.5 %. According to DatingNews.com , two coastal towns in Oregon made the list of 20 “micropolitan statistical ...
  • What Is a Nesting Co-Parenting Agreement?

    What Is a Nesting Co-Parenting Agreement? The divorce process can be extremely stressful, especially on younger children. In an effort to make divorced life easier on the children, many parents have adopted a “bird-nesting,” or “nesting” parenting method, which essentially keeps the children under one roof, while the parents rotate in and out. In other words, each parent takes turns living with their children while the other parent lives elsewhere. There are several potential advantages to this new agreement, but there are also a few drawbacks. To find out if this ...
  • What to Do After a Divorce is Finalized

    What to Do After a Divorce is Finalized During your divorce, you likely faced financial ups and downs, economic adjustments, and significant personal changes. Now that you have officially ended your marriage, it’s time to think about the road ahead. In order to move forward from your divorce quickly and smoothly, there are things to do to secure your future when the settlement is complete. In order to ensure you’re moving in the right direction after your divorce, make sure you complete these key tasks: Divide all assets and debts outlined in your settlement ...
  • Common Concerns When Filing for Divorce in Oregon

    Common Concerns When Filing for Divorce in Oregon Deciding to follow through with divorce can be stressful, which is why it is important to become familiar with what to expect throughout the legal process. Here are three important legal matters that parents and spouses need to be aware of if they plan to file for divorce in Oregon. Obtaining a Restraining Order If you want to get divorced because your spouse physically abuses you or threatened to abuse you, then you can petition for a restraining order under the Oregon Family Abuse Prevention Act. As part of the terms of ...
  • Addressing Kids’ Complaints About the Visitation Schedule

    Addressing Kids’ Complaints About the Visitation Schedule Children don’t always cope well with split parenting time. Dealing with your children’s complaints can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure how to respond. Whether you believe your ex has too much time or too little, if the court has ordered the visitation schedule, you must abide by it. However, there are several things you can do to make things easier for both you and your kids when it comes to visitation issues. 1. Put Yourself in Their Shoes Before resorting to discipline or rescheduling visits ...
  • Who Pays the Legal Fees in a Divorce?

    Who Pays the Legal Fees in a Divorce? Divorce can be expensive, which is why many people worry about whether or not they can afford to hire a good divorce attorney. If you find yourself asking this question, it’s important to remember that the cost of divorce not only has to do with legal fees, but also with the lifestyle changes and the overall process of marital dissolution. Separating your finances, dividing your assets, moving out, splitting child-rearing costs, and career changes can all contribute to the high cost of divorce. As significant as these other ...
  • Are Assets Split Equally in a Divorce?

    Are Assets Split Equally in a Divorce? One of the most common questions we get asked at McKinley Irvin is whether marital assets are split evenly when spouses divorce. Below, our lawyers explain what you need to know about how courts split assets between spouses in divorce cases in the state of Oregon. Equitable Distribution Oregon is not a community property state, so all of the property and debts that have been accumulated by a married couple do not equally belong to both when they get divorced. Instead, equitable distribution states take the stance that ...
  • How to Prepare for a Divorce in Oregon

    How to Prepare for a Divorce in Oregon The divorce process can be overwhelming. Clients who take the time to prepare themselves for the various legal obstacles they may encounter often manage their divorce proceedings better than those who avoid this crucial step. While there is much that needs to be done to devise a strong legal strategy to advocate for your best interests, here are a few things you can do to prepare for your divorce. Important Documents You Need One of the biggest hassles when going through a divorce is gathering all of the documents needed to ...
  • Divorce and Insurance Issues

    Divorce and Insurance Issues When a couple decides to file for a divorce, insurance issues may be the last thing on their minds. Most of us rely on health insurance, car insurance, and homeowner’s/renter’s insurance to safeguard us in case of an emergency. In the event that you and your spouse choose to go your separate ways, you should consider how this could impact your insurance coverage. You may have to look for new coverage, select a new plan, or you might even need to look for a new job that offers the type of coverage you need. Once the divorce ...
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