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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.

  • Do I Need a Lawyer for My Divorce?

    Do I Need a Lawyer for My Divorce? If you are planning to divorce, you might wonder if you can save time or money by handling the divorce legalities yourself. Or, you might be anticipating a simple, quick divorce, so handling the process without a lawyer might seem entirely doable. Many people do handle their own divorces. However, if you have property, debts, children, own a business – or anything else you wish to protect – divorcing without a lawyer can pose a significant risk. Divorce is a legal process, the outcome of which can affect your life for years ...
  • Can Legal Cannabis Use Affect Child Custody?

    Can Legal Cannabis Use Affect Child Custody? With the legalization of recreational cannabis use in Oregon in 2015, many new questions have popped up in reference to its use. As a result, parents throughout Oregon, and beyond, are wondering whether their legal use of marijuana could affect their child custody case. Custody battles can get vicious, which is why it’s important to evaluate every weak spot in your defenses before you begin any type of legal case with your child’s other parent. Whether you legally use cannabis or your child’s other parent does, make sure you ...
  • How to Buy Out Your Home During A Divorce

    How to Buy Out Your Home During A Divorce When you get a divorce, figuring out how you and your spouse will divide your possessions is often one of the most challenging aspects. While it can be difficult to part with sentimental treasures, funds, and other items, deciding on a plan for the marital home is usually the main point of contention. Each couple handles this phase of their divorce differently. Some couples may choose to sell the home and split the profit, while others might choose to rent out the property and share the responsibility. However, most couples ...
  • Pros and Cons of Collaborative Divorce

    Pros and Cons of Collaborative Divorce If you wish to avoid an adversarial divorce and have more control over the process, and you believe you and your spouse can work out many of your divorce issues together, a collaborative divorce might be the right choice for you. Divorcing in court can be expensive, long, and contentious, to say the least. A collaborative divorce seeks to encourage mutual respect and civil negotiations, allows each spouse to retain more control over the terms of their divorce, and may make the divorce process easier for children. It can be ...
  • 4 Ways to Help Your Adult Child Through a Divorce

    4 Ways to Help Your Adult Child Through a Divorce Divorce is challenging – even if you aren’t the one going through it. If your adult child is facing a divorce, you might have strong feelings about their situation, as well as concerns. However you feel about the divorce itself, the important thing to remember is that your child needs your support. Divorce can be stressful, expensive, long, and life-altering. Even if the divorce is for the best, it will still be a struggle for your child. While they go through this tumultuous time, the best thing you can do as a parent is to ...
  • 6 Signs You Need a New Divorce Lawyer

    6 Signs You Need a New Divorce Lawyer When you hire a divorce attorney, you expect to receive sound legal guidance and support throughout each step of the divorce process. Unfortunately, not all attorneys provide their clients with the care, service, and respect they deserve. If you find yourself wondering whether you made a mistake in hiring your attorney, take a moment to consider why things don’t seem to be working out. Sometimes the divorce process is so complex and stressful that anything associated with it makes you unhappy, including your lawyer. That ...
  • What If My Spouse and I Can’t Agree on Key Divorce Matters?

    What If My Spouse and I Can’t Agree on Key Divorce Matters? Dealing with a divorce is never easy, especially if you and your spouse can’t reach an agreement about key issues. Most couples argue at some point during the divorce process, and it’s extremely likely that you won’t see eye-to-eye on some issues. However, if these disagreements are making each and every stage of your divorce more difficult, you might want to consider what you can do to compromise and resolve these differences. In this post, we discuss your options for when agreements cannot be reached. When You Disagree ...
  • What If I Can’t Afford My Child Support Payments?

    What If I Can’t Afford My Child Support Payments? Child support is meant to provide children with the financial support they need to cover the costs of daily living essentials. If the child lives primarily with one parent, the non-custodial parent might be required to make a payment each month to help cover the cost of living, education expenses, medical expenses, and so on. As much as the court system aims to make these payments fair for both parties, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes circumstances change, or parents might be asked to pay more than they are able – ...
  • The Tax Consequences of a Divorce

    The Tax Consequences of a Divorce Did you know that your divorce could influence what you pay in taxes for this year? Before you are blindsided by unexpected fees, make sure you understand how certain aspects of your divorce could impact your tax return. You may be focusing on whether or not you will get to keep your marital home, or how to obtain custody of your child, but you should also be considering how your actions during your divorce could influence your fees as a taxpayer. The more you know about the tax implications, the easier it will be to plan a ...
  • What You Need to Know About International Child Custody

    What You Need to Know About International Child Custody Child custody issues are never easy, but if you and your co-parent live in different countries, dealing with joint custody or visitation can be quite complicated. The U.S. Census Bureau tells us that international marriages are becoming more and more common, which means there will be more children born of parents from different countries. Our modern society has become much more global, which can be beneficial for several reasons, but it presents very specific challenges in child custody cases. Joint physical custody could be ...
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