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McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2017

  • 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Lawyer

    5 Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Lawyer Who you choose to represent you in your divorce can make all the difference in how smooth or bumpy the ride will be. A good divorce lawyer will show compassion for your situation while also offering honest and constructive guidance. Looking for the right lawyer to meet your needs can be tricky, but there are ways of determining whether they will be the right fit for your divorce case. During your first meeting with your prospective divorce attorney, make sure you ask these important questions. 1. What is Your Legal ...
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  • When is the Best Time to Get Divorced?

    When is the Best Time to Get Divorced? The best time to get a divorce is different for everyone. Rushing into it before carefully considering your situation can be reckless – but in some cases, it is better to act fast. In most cases, it is better to be prepared. Sometimes, spouses have been talking about it for a while and are both leaning towards separation. Or, only one spouse wants a divorce. In either situation, if you feel that divorce is likely, consult with a family law attorney as soon as you can (with or without the knowledge of your spouse) to get ...
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  • Coping with Thanksgiving After Divorce

    Coping with Thanksgiving After Divorce The holidays can be difficult after a divorce, especially Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving holiday marks the start of the holiday season for most families, and it can serve as a very difficult reminder of the family traditions that will no longer be the same. While you can certainly still enjoy the holiday season, you will likely need to make a few changes to your seasonal schedule. You and your family will need to adjust to new plans and traditions this year, and though these changes can be difficult, they are crucial. Work ...
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  • MI Welcomes Two New Attorneys to Vancouver Office

    MI Welcomes Two New Attorneys to Vancouver Office We are pleased to announce that Vancouver family law attorneys Lisa Martin and Lisa Ward have joined the firm. Our new team members bring a diverse range of experience to McKinley Irvin – and a fierce dedication to helping families in the Vancouver community. Lisa E. Martin, Senior Attorney , has over 20 years of family law practice experience in both Washington and Oregon. She is well known for her knowledge and skill in divorce matters that involve high assets and other complex divorce and family law issues. Lisa M. Ward, ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Named in 2018 "Best Law Firms" for Portland Metro Area

    McKinley Irvin Named in 2018 McKinley Irvin has been recognized by U.S. News–Best Lawyers 2018 "Best Law Firms" in two major metropolitan areas McKinley Irvin is pleased to announce that our firm has received a Tier 2 ranking in Family Law for the Portland metro area in the 2018 "Best Law Firms" list. The firm also achieved a Tier 1 ranking in Family Law for the Seattle metro area. The annual rankings published by U.S. News identify the nation's highest performing law firms based on a rigorous review process, including peer reviews and independent ...
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  • Everything You Need to Know About Violating a Court Order

    Everything You Need to Know About Violating a Court Order When it comes to family law matters, it is very likely there are court orders in your case that both you and your ex-spouse or co-parent are prohibited from violating. When the court makes an order, it is legally binding. These types of orders may cover child support payments, spousal support payments, or child custody agreements, and usually outline specifically how each party must fulfill his or her duties. Any failure to do so could result in serious penalties for the accused, and a load of trouble for everyone involved. ...
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  • The Issues with Technology and Electronic Data in a Divorce

    The Issues with Technology and Electronic Data in a Divorce When a couple divorces in today’s tech-obsessed culture, they’re now faced with the need to reorganize and protect their electronic data. Much of the financial, professional, and personal decisions we make each day are tracked or performed via technology. From online banking to social media posts, phone plans, and credit card statements, our digital data is valuable and can have a significant impact in a divorce. Do you share passwords? Like many couples do, if you and your spouse share logins and passwords, GPS locations, ...
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  • How to Avoid Paying Spousal Support

    How to Avoid Paying Spousal Support If you are going through a divorce in Oregon, or considering a divorce, you may be wondering if you can avoid paying spousal support (alimony). If you think you may be asked to pay spousal support, are there ways to avoid it? Many couples do not bring in the same income and will have disproportionate “earning power” after they separate. Whether this is because one spouse took on the role of a stay-at-home parent, or simply because one spouse’s career paid a better salary, the uneven earning may be enough to justify ...
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