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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 Be a Good Witness in Divorce Court

    How to Be a Good Witness in Divorce Court Have you been asked to appear as a witness in a divorce hearing? Divorce court can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Even if you know what you wish to say, answering questions on the spot during the examination can be overwhelming and may make you nervous or confused. In order to act as a beneficial witness, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier and more successful. Does Every Divorce Need a Witness? Witnesses are not called in every divorce, though they can be beneficial in ...
  • How Much Does It Cost to Get a Divorce if Both Parties Agree?

    How Much Does It Cost to Get a Divorce if Both Parties Agree? In the movies, the archetypal divorce process is a grueling, contentious, money-hungry experience that leaves everyone involved broken and bruised. Fortunately, divorce doesn’t have to be that way. If you and your spouse get along and already have a pretty good idea of what you want your life after divorce to look like, you may be able to file for an uncontested divorce, divorce through mediation, or use some other means to shorten the divorce process. Through any of these processes, you can bypass a clichéd court battle in ...
  • Who Are More Likely to Initiate a Divorce: Men or Women?

    Who Are More Likely to Initiate a Divorce: Men or Women? According to research, women are more likely than men to request a divorce in heterosexual marriages, though both are just as likely to end non-marital relationships. This begs the question—why the difference? According to research published by the American Sociology Association , women initiate up to 69% of all divorces, while only 31% are initiated by men. Social scientists speculate that the reason for this difference lies with the ways in which men and women handle relationship difficulties, and their sensitivity to ...
  • Dementia & Divorce: Know Your Options

    Dementia & Divorce: Know Your Options Caring for a dementia patient, especially when that patient is your spouse, can be devastating, stressful, and downright frustrating. Individuals with dementia are not always of sound mind, which can lead to emotional outbursts, uncharacteristic mood swings, memory loss, and other odd behaviors. These outbursts can sometimes cause fights, putting excessive stress on the caregiving spouse or leading the ill spouse to look for a way out of their current situation. Unfortunately, these types of conditions can sometimes cause ...
  • Attorney Courtney Bellio Joins McKinley Irvin in Portland

    Attorney Courtney Bellio Joins McKinley Irvin in Portland McKinley Irvin welcomes our newest family law attorney, Courtney Bellio, to the firm’s Portland office. Courtney represents clients in a wide variety of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, parenting plan modifications, and relocation. We are pleased to bring such a strong advocate to our growing Portland team. Courtney is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon and will serve clients from our downtown Portland office, located at 1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1810. Read Courtney’s full ...
  • Should I Move Out During the Divorce?

    Should I Move Out During the Divorce? When couples divorce, they should anticipate many significant changes in their lives, not the least of which could be a change in residence. During a divorce, the typical custom is for one spouse to move out, while the other resides in their shared home, at least until permanent plans can be arranged. If either spouse wishes to keep the house, they may choose to negotiate a trade during property division, forfeiting other assets in favor of the home. And, in cases where children are involved, the parent with primary custody ...
  • How is Spousal Support Calculated?

    How is Spousal Support Calculated? Once you and your spouse decide to file for divorce, you might be concerned about how spousal support payments might work for or against you. If you made significantly less than your spouse, or if you do not work at all, you’ll most likely rely on those support payments until you’re able to earn a more substantial income on your own. On the other hand, if you were the main breadwinner in your marriage, you might be concerned about how you will afford to make payments to your soon-to-be ex. Whether you hope to receive or pay ...
  • Can You Appeal Alimony?

    Can You Appeal Alimony? If you’ve just finalized your divorce and you pay or receive alimony, you might be wondering if you can appeal the court’s decision. Fortunately, the Oregon legal system understands, for the most part, that circumstances change, and alimony payments may need to be likewise adjusted. If you think you may be paying an unfair amount in alimony, or if you think you should be receiving more from your ex, you may have cause to petition the court for an appeal to have your alimony orders modified. However, obtaining an appeal for ...
  • How to Divide Retirement Assets in a Divorce

    How to Divide Retirement Assets in a Divorce Planning for your retirement is a responsible, forward-thinking move, but those assets can be tricky to contend with if you and your spouse get divorced. Oregon is an equitable distribution state, which means all marital assets are subject to division in a way that is fair and equitable. In other words, couples who share retirement assets may need to split those assets when their marriage ends. However, dividing assets is rarely as simple as a 50/50 split. If either you or your spouse have any retirement assets to speak of, ...
  • How To Protect Your Privacy During a Divorce

    How To Protect Your Privacy During a Divorce A divorce can have a significant impact on your life in many ways, but have you considered how it might also affect your privacy? Most people going through a divorce want to keep their personal lives as private as possible. In order to protect your privacy during the divorce process, consider implementing these defensive strategies. Stay Off Social Media In our modern age, everything somehow finds its way into the digital world. While this can be extremely beneficial when you gather your financial documents and other ...
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