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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.

  • 5 Tips for Meaningful Visitation with Your Kids

    5 Tips for Meaningful Visitation with Your Kids Sharing parenting responsibilities can be difficult, especially if you are only allowed a limited amount of time with your children. Not all parents share custody of their children equally. In many cases, one parent is awarded primary custody while the other parent is granted scheduled visitation rights. Visitation schedules aren’t always easy, and, as a parent, you may feel responsible for making each visit more important than the last. These planned visits can vary greatly depending on the court’s orders and the schedules ...
  • MI Attorneys Listed in 2019 Oregon Super Lawyers

    MI Attorneys Listed in 2019 Oregon Super Lawyers McKinley Irvin is happy to announce that Jeff Matthews and Jack Dekovich have been included in the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. This is Jeff’s twelfth year to be honored in Oregon Super Lawyers and Jack’s inaugural year to be named a Rising Star. Jeffrey Matthews , Partner – Oregon Super Lawyers 2007-2019 Jack Dekovich , Attorney – Oregon Rising Stars 2019 To be selected for this honor, attorneys nominate peers for their exceptional professional ability in the practice of law. The Oregon Super Lawyers list ...
  • 5 Things You Need To Document for Your Child Custody Case

    5 Things You Need To Document for Your Child Custody Case Issues of child custody can be complicated and challenging, especially if you and your ex do not see eye to eye. In order to make sure you have the best possible chance of obtaining the child custody arrangement you want, it’s absolutely necessary to prepare for your case ahead of time. When it comes to family law matters, what you need to do is gather the appropriate documents to present before the court. Showing the judge tangible proof of your bond with your child and your capabilities as a parent is crucial. Before you ...
  • What Should I Do If I Think My Spouse is Hiding Assets?

    What Should I Do If I Think My Spouse is Hiding Assets? Not everyone handles the pressure of divorce well, and some will go to any means to protect what they think is theirs. Unfortunately, this sometimes means spouses will hide assets from one another in an attempt to protect those properties or funds from being divvied up in the divorce. Hiding any assets in a divorce is illegal and can have serious repercussions. Nevertheless, people continue to lie in court to try and retain certain property in a divorce. If you think your spouse may be trying to hide something during your ...
  • 5 Strategies for a More Amicable Divorce

    5 Strategies for a More Amicable Divorce The divorce process is never easy, but there are certain things you can do to make it more amicable. There are several issues divorcing couples need to discuss and contemplate, including property division , spousal support, child support , and child custody . Disagreements are likely to occur, and when those issues come up, how you handle them will define how your divorce will play out. If you and your spouse can be civil and work together, your divorce is likely to be less stressful, less time-consuming, and easier to ...
  • 6 Divorce Myths Debunked

    6 Divorce Myths Debunked There are several misconceptions about divorce floating around, and all too often they’re passed as fact. Misinformation about divorce can alter how you approach important decisions in your own divorce process . Fortunately, you can make sure you know fact from fiction before you get too deep in the divorce process by getting your divorce information from reliable sources, such as legal organizations, state laws, and your divorce attorney. If you’re in the midst of a divorce, make sure you have all the facts about the ...
  • Trial Separation vs. Legal Separation: What’s the Difference

    Trial Separation vs. Legal Separation: What’s the Difference During marital difficulties, taking time apart from your spouse can prove beneficial for many reasons. For some couples, taking a break can reinforce the need to communicate and make a renewed effort to make the marriage work, whereas others might realize that they’re better off starting a new path independently. Regardless of the reason, if you and your spouse are having marital problems, you may be considering a separation before you file for a divorce . However, there are different ways married couples can “separate.” ...
  • 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 ...
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