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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.

  • 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 ...
  • How To Survive the First Year After a Divorce

    How To Survive the First Year After a Divorce The first year after your divorce will be filled with new experiences, both good and bad. You might have a great time dating again, or you might deal with serious financial setbacks while adjusting to a single income. Whatever obstacles you face, take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone. Up to half of all marriages end in divorce, which means there are several people like you who are learning how to adjust and acclimate to life after divorce. The important thing to remember is that you have options, and you get to start this ...
  • Divorce Tip: Planning for Your Child's Education

    Divorce Tip: Planning for Your Child's Education For many people, child support is a necessary expense meant to support a child of divorce or separation until he or she has reached 18 years of age. However, for parents of children seeking a secondary education, expenses reach well into their child’s early adulthood. Most parents support their child’s wishes to go to a good college, trade school, or training program, but finding the funds for such an expense can be tricky, especially for divorced parents. If you are going through a divorce and are concerned about the future ...
  • Portland Family Law Attorney Jack G. Dekovich Joins McKinley Irvin

    Portland Family Law Attorney Jack G. Dekovich Joins McKinley Irvin McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome attorney Jack Dekovich to our Portland office. Jack Dekovich focuses his practice on finding optimal solutions for his family law clients. He represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, legal separation, domestic violence, relocation, and legal matters for unmarried couples. Jack values his client relationships and currently maintains a 100 percent five-star review rating from former clients on Avvo.com. In addition to his family law practice, Jack is a ...
  • 5 Tips to Make Your Divorce Easier

    5 Tips to Make Your Divorce Easier Nobody wants to deal with a difficult divorce, and if there is any way you can make the process simpler, quicker, and less argumentative, you should certainly try. Going through a divorce is stressful and can be a very emotional process. Even if you are happy to be getting a divorce, you might still be dealing with lingering feelings of love, loss, or resentment. Whatever you’re going through, the last thing you need is trouble on the legal side of things. If you’re going through a divorce, try following these five tips to ...
  • What If My Ex and I Disagree About Our Kids' Vaccinations & Other Health Matters?

    What If My Ex and I Disagree About Our Kids' Vaccinations & Other Health Matters? When you and your ex disagree about something as important as your child’s healthcare, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Every good parent wants to protect their child and keep them healthy — but that may mean something different than to you than it does to your ex. For example, you may wish to have your child vaccinated and your child’s other parent may be anti-vaxx. Other medical disputes might involve the choice of doctor for your child, whether or not to administer medications, or choice of medical treatment. ...
  • Ways Your Business May Be Affected in a Divorce

    Ways Your Business May Be Affected in a Divorce Business owners put their blood, sweat, and tears into their business, and have likely spent countless hours working to ensure that it prospers and continues to grow. So, what happens when business owners decide to divorce? Getting a divorce is a more complex event if you or your spouse own a business, whether you own it independently or jointly with your spouse or a business partner. What Will Happen to My Business in a Divorce? Unfortunately, in an Oregon divorce, your business interests are likely going to be subject to ...
  • 8 Reasons Parents Can Lose Custody

    8 Reasons Parents Can Lose Custody If you and your ex are dealing with a custody issue, you might be worried about losing time with your children, or potentially losing custody altogether. Thankfully, courts are usually hesitant to award sole custody to one parent over the other, but it can happen in certain circumstances. Oregon courts favor co-parenting whenever possible because ample research has supported the theory that children thrive best when they can have relationships with both parents. However, not all children benefit from involvement with both ...
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