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McKinley Irvin Blogs from August 2016

  • Getting Divorced with Very Young Children

    Getting Divorced with Very Young Children If you and your spouse are the parents of an infant or toddler and have decided to end your marriage, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make involves child custody and parenting time arrangements. Young children have unique needs There are a number of complex practical, psychological, and legal issues associated with divorce with young children. Children form close bonds with those who care for them during the first few years of their lives (usually their parents), and divorce can disrupt this process. In fact, ...
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  • Things to Do While Visiting Your Children in Portland, Oregon

    Things to Do While Visiting Your Children in Portland, Oregon When parents travel to different cities in order to spend quality time with their children, finding kid-friendly and fun things to do is sometimes challenging. For this reason, our Oregon divorce attorneys have compiled a list of activities and adventures parents and their children can enjoy together throughout the Portland area. 1. Take a Trip to the Museum! Spending some time in a fun and educational atmosphere can be exciting for your children and the whole family. For a full day of fun, check out OMSI. This museum is one ...
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  • What Am I Entitled to in a Divorce in Oregon?

    What Am I Entitled to in a Divorce in Oregon? Quite often, we are asked what a person may be entitled to in a divorce in Oregon. Some want to know if they are entitled to support payments from their spouse. Some people are concerned how assets and property will be divided, who keeps the house, or who will be responsible for debts. So, how is it determined who gets what? The answer depends on what is established to be “marital property” (sometimes referred to as joint property) and what qualifies as “separate property.” This same method is also applied to debts. This can ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Mediation in a Divorce Settlement

    What You Need to Know About Mediation in a Divorce Settlement Mediation is a dispute resolution method often used to negotiate a divorce settlement. In divorce cases that involve mediation, the couple hires a third party who is neutral to both parties to serve as mediator. The mediator is responsible for helping the couple resolve issues through guided discussion. The Benefits of Mediation Although mediation can be one of the most amicable ways a couple can reach agreements in the divorce process, many do not understand the benefits of using such a method. Our Oregon divorce lawyers ...
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  • Does My Ex Spouse's Credit Affect Mine?

    Does My Ex Spouse's Credit Affect Mine? Many people going through a divorce wonder if their ex-spouse’s credit will affect their future or their future financial decisions. While many financial matters must be handled on a case-by-case basis, there are a few guidelines that can help divorcing couples distinguish who will be accountable for debts and how that will affect your credit report. Who is responsible for debts? According to statistics, about 48% of couples keep separate credit card accounts while the remaining couples open joint accounts as an alternative. ...
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