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McKinley Irvin Blogs from September 2016

  • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

    Relocating with Your Child After Divorce There are several reasons why a divorced parent may wish to relocate with their child. He or she may have a new job opportunity that will put them in a better financial position. Or they may wish to remarry or move to an area that is closer to extended family. Whatever the reason, however, divorced parents can’t just pack up and move as easily as most people. They must first consider how the relocation will affect child custody and visitation arrangements. Can I relocate with my child? In Oregon, custodial parents are ...
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  • What to Do When You Suspect Your Child's Other Parent is Abusing Alcohol or Drugs

    What to Do When You Suspect Your Child's Other Parent is Abusing Alcohol or Drugs If you suspect that your ex-spouse is abusing alcohol or drugs and they have either full or joint custody of your child, your child’s safety is your first priority. What are your options? What action can you take to remove your child from a dangerous situation? First, before you do anything, you should make sure that your suspicions have merit. What kind of evidence do you have? Does your spouse exhibit strange behavior or appear to be using drugs? Have there been accidents in his or her home? Is your child giving any ...
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  • Am I Entitled to My Ex's Retirement Benefits?

    Am I Entitled to My Ex's Retirement Benefits? Contemplating a divorce in Oregon? There are a number of factors that will have to be considered, including division of assets and debts . While many people think of the house, car, and personal items when they think of assets, there are other types of assets that are subject to division as well. Did you know that things like investments, stock options, business interests, pensions, and retirement funds are considered marital property in the same way that a house and bank account are? You may be entitled to a share of: ...
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  • Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Get SSI?

    Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Get SSI? If you are getting a divorce and you and your spouse have children, you may have questions about your child support obligation, especially if you are not currently employed and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly payments to low-income, disabled or elderly people who cannot work. If you are a parent and SSI is your only source of income, you cannot be forced to pay child support . This is because SSI is not considered income ...
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  • Do I Have to Pay Child Support with Joint Custody?

    Do I Have to Pay Child Support with Joint Custody? When you and your former spouse are granted joint custody of your child, you might assume that you will not be responsible for child support payments. After all, the more time a parent has with a child, the less they should need to pay, right? While this may seem reasonable, joint custody does not mean that there won’t be a child support obligation, as another element in determining child support orders is the income of both parents. Even if the child(ren) spend time living with both parents, one parent will typically still ...
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