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McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2016

  • Guiding Your Children Through the Holidays During a Divorce

    Guiding Your Children Through the Holidays During a Divorce For many children, the holiday season is the most anticipated time of the year. However, it can be a very stressful and emotional time for a child to endure if their parents are in the midst of a divorce or have recently split up. As parents deal with their own emotions and challenges, it can be hard to know exactly what to do to comfort and support their children during this time. We have put together a few tips to help you protect your children’s well-being and help them enjoy the holidays during (or soon after) a divorce. ...
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  • Family Vacations After Divorce: Yes or No?

    Family Vacations After Divorce: Yes or No? Is it normal or healthy for ex-spouses to vacation together as a family for the sake of the children? Recent buzz on social media seems to indicate that post-divorce family vacations might be becoming a trend. However, while some divorced parents may be able to make this work, it may not be the best idea for others. With the holidays approaching, this is a topic that many divorced parents are having to consider as they attempt to make plans to visit friends and family. Here’s what you should consider before making a ...
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  • 5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays During a Divorce

    5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays During a Divorce The holidays can be stressful during even the best of times, but for people who are in the middle of a divorce or who have recently had their divorce finalized, the holidays can be an incredibly difficult time. Holiday traditions you may have had in the past may no longer be a part of your plans. You may not be spending time with the same people, or spending time away from your children. With so many changes, it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit or feel like celebrating. While it is normal to feel this way, you ...
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  • Who Pays the Bills During a Divorce?

    Who Pays the Bills During a Divorce? If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may be wondering who is responsible for paying household bills until the divorce has been finalized. Should you be held responsible for paying utility bills, for example, if you have moved out of your marital home? What about the mortgage? Should you open your own bank account and credit card accounts? In this blog, we will provide you with a brief overview of how these financial matters should be handled during a divorce. During the early stages of divorce, it is ...
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  • Three Common Divorce Myths Debunked

    Three Common Divorce Myths Debunked Divorce is already challenging enough without the confusion caused by inaccurate information. There are many beliefs and perceptions out there about the divorce process that simply aren’t true and may cause people to have unrealistic expectations about their divorce. We’ve addressed three of the most common divorce myths in this blog to set the record straight. Myth #1: My spouse cheated on me and will be made to pay in court. Because Oregon is a no-fault divorce state, the courts are not concerned with the reason why the ...
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  • The Interesting Legal Issues Surrounding the Brangelina Divorce

    The Interesting Legal Issues Surrounding the Brangelina Divorce Georges Biard [ CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons As most of the world knows by now, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, her husband of two years with whom she has been in a relationship since 2004. Aside from being celebrities, the legalities surrounding their divorce are interesting for many reasons. Here is a brief look at some of the noteworthy legal issues involved in the divorce: Brad Pitt has been accused of substance abuse . As we covered in a previous blog, accusations of substance abuse can ...
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  • Can Divorce Affect College Education Savings for Your Child?

    Can Divorce Affect College Education Savings for Your Child? When you begin saving money for your child’s college education, divorce is likely the furthest thing from your mind. However, if you do decide to divorce, there is a chance that the funds will be subject to property division. How can you ensure that the money you have saved for your child will indeed be used for its intended purpose? This question must be addressed in your separation agreement. Parents who wish to save for their child’s education may do so by investing in a tax-deferred 529 College Savings Plan or a ...
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  • 11 Things You Should Do After Your Divorce is Finalized

    11 Things You Should Do After Your Divorce is Finalized So, your divorce has been finalized and you’re relieved it’s over. It is at this point that many people would like to not have to think about it for a while, or ever again. While this may be tempting, there are still things that you need to take care of. Take comfort, however – completing these tasks are your first steps into the next chapter of your life. Once you have received your divorce decree, take some time to review it and ensure that you have resolved all matters related to your divorce. The list below includes some ...
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