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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 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 ...
  • Why Does the Divorce Process Take So Long?

    Why Does the Divorce Process Take So Long? In a world where groceries can be delivered to our door, 2-day shipping is an expectation, and voice-command is at our fingertips, it can be very difficult to understand how a divorce can take months, even years, to complete. Unfortunately, due to the nature of a divorce, this timeline can be unpredictable. Fortunately, there are several ways you can estimate the potential timeline for your divorce. Based on your expectations, the legalities of your case, and other details, your divorce might only take a few months, or it ...
  • Relocating After a Divorce: Potential Legal Issues

    Relocating After a Divorce: Potential Legal Issues If either you or your ex-spouse plans to move to a different town, state, or country after your divorce, you need to consider the legal implications before you make any big changes. It’s understandable if you want to spread your wings and start fresh, move closer to family, or take a new job somewhere else. However, as tempting as this idea may be, it’s important to think about how relocating could affect your life post-divorce. If you are relocating with children , the change could be far more complex than you think. Before ...
  • 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 ...
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