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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.

  • How to Improve Your Children's At-Home Education While Co-Parenting

    How to Improve Your Children's At-Home Education While Co-Parenting As schools across the country have closed to protect children and teachers from the spread of COVID-19, many parents are seeking new ways to support their children's learning outside of the classroom. It's especially important for parents sharing child custody to develop consistent support for their child's education during this time. Establish Consistency in Your Home Improving your child's learning at home should start with you. If your child is five years or older, you can create a schedule together that covers learning ...
  • How is Debt Divided in a Divorce?

    How is Debt Divided in a Divorce? Any debt a couple shared during their divorce may be subject to division, just like any other type of property they owned. In this way, debt is treated like any other asset and may be divided or divvied up in a way that is deemed fair and reasonable in the eyes of the court. However, depending on the type of debt you have, when you acquired it, and why, the way in which the debt is divided may vary. Property Division Laws Each state is governed by their own property division laws, and those laws determine how a couple will ...
  • “Medicaid Divorce” – Seeking a Divorce for Medical Reasons

    “Medicaid Divorce” – Seeking a Divorce for Medical Reasons In an effort to make medical care more affordable, more and more Americans are using a surprising economic tool: divorce. Most couples file for divorce because they no longer love one another, they have irreconcilable differences, or they’re facing other serious relationship issues. However, some perfectly happy couples are choosing to file for divorce not because they wish to live separate lives, but because one spouse needs to obtain long-term or critical medical benefits. While this is an extreme step, a person with a ...
  • What You Need to Know About Co-Parenting Teenagers

    What You Need to Know About Co-Parenting Teenagers Parenting a teenager is challenging enough, but when you share parenting responsibilities with your ex-spouse, this daunting task inevitably becomes a bit trickier. Co-parenting can be difficult at times, especially if you and the other parent do not see eye to eye. Thankfully, if you both have your child’s best interest at heart, it is possible to find a workable parenting arrangement that prioritizes your teenager’s needs. Read below for a few key tips about co-parenting teenagers: 1. Consider What You’re Up Against When ...
  • Children & Divorce: Statistics Every Parent Needs To Know

    Children & Divorce: Statistics Every Parent Needs To Know Any significant change or traumatic event can have a lasting impact on a child’s life, and divorce is no exception. But, is a divorce truly as damaging as we’re led to believe? After all, there are certainly circumstances where a divorce is the best option if the alternative is to remain in an unhealthy or abusive marriage. As a parent, it’s natural to be concerned about your child’s wellbeing, and if you’re going through a divorce, you’re concerned about what type of impact this change will have on your children. To help ...
  • How Domestic Violence Survivors Can Get Help During Coronavirus Shutdown

    How Domestic Violence Survivors Can Get Help During Coronavirus Shutdown By Courtney Bellio , McKinley Irvin family law attorney As shelter in place orders take effect across the country, the reality is that staying home isn’t safe for everyone. Many may find themselves forced to stay in close proximity with their abusers. Survivors of domestic violence may now find their abusers using the pandemic as a tool to gain more control. Examples of this may include withholding necessary items such as disinfectants, spreading misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten the survivor, ...
  • How to Prepare for Divorce Part 3: Children

    How to Prepare for Divorce Part 3: Children Children are notoriously resilient, but that doesn’t mean change is always easy for them. If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, take some time to learn what you can do to prepare your children for the news. Coping with a divorce can be difficult for everyone involved, but children often feel the sting of the separation the most because their entire home life restructures as a result. As jarring and intimidating as this prospect may seem, take comfort in knowing that there are several things you can do to prepare ...
  • How to Prepare for Divorce Part 2: Finances

    How to Prepare for Divorce Part 2: Finances Financial stability is often the top concern of people beginning the divorce process. Aside from custody, the divorce process primarily deals with how to separate spouses’ finances. The result of this process is a major change in the financial picture for both people. As we mentioned in “ How To Prepare for Divorce Part 1: Research & Advice ,” being well prepared for the divorce process is one of the best ways you can set yourself up for the future. Taking stock of your financial health is one of the most important aspects ...
  • Protecting the Health of Our Employees and Clients is Our Top Priority

    Protecting the Health of Our Employees and Clients is Our Top Priority Due to the presence of Novel Coronavirus in our region, we want to emphasize the importance of the health and wellbeing of our clients, employees, and visitors. We are closely monitoring the situation as new information becomes available, and we will follow guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and King County Public Health for prevention. To do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, our team is working remotely. For your peace of mind, please note: We are fully operational ...
  • How to Prepare for Divorce Part 1: Research & Advice

    How to Prepare for Divorce Part 1: Research & Advice Ending a relationship is hard, even if you know it’s the right thing to do. Divorce is an emotional process, but also an important legal matter. This is why, if you have decided to divorce, it’s important to make a plan. You may have decided to divorce and haven’t yet told your spouse. Or your spouse said they wanted to divorce, or you think that they are going to soon. If you believe that divorce is most likely in your future, it is crucial to get your ducks in a row, so to speak, as soon as possible. Dissolving a marriage ...
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