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McKinley Irvin Blogs from March 2017

  • How to Negotiate a Divorce Settlement

    How to Negotiate a Divorce Settlement A divorce settlement is a formal written agreement between ex-spouses that addresses several issues, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of property. While negotiating with a soon-to-be ex-spouse can be difficult, most divorces are settled through negotiation with the aid of a divorce attorney. You do not have to enter a settlement agreement before you file for divorce. This can be done at any time during the process, and it is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney before ...
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  • The Financial Realities of Divorce: How to Protect Yourself

    The Financial Realities of Divorce: How to Protect Yourself Financial protection is one of the biggest worries many of our clients face when divorcing. Divorce can potentially place an undeniable amount of financial burden on both parties, especially if it is a highly contentious divorce. However, even in the most amicable divorces, one should stay smart and ensure financial protection to help build a new and happy future. Make decisions with an eye toward the future. At first, much of the financial stress divorce brings occurs when first separating from your spouse and dealing with ...
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  • 8 Reasons You Should Avoid a Cookie Cutter Parenting Plan

    8 Reasons You Should Avoid a Cookie Cutter Parenting Plan Divorced parents explore new territory when it comes to their children – from how they divide the child’s time to how parenting decisions are made moving forward. Instead of trying to fit your family’s needs into a cookie cutter parenting plan, however, it is best to create a plan that is specific to your specific situation, family dynamic, and future goals. A one-size-fits all approach works for very few issues in life, so why would you expect your parenting plan to follow a pre-defined formula? Here are some of the ...
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  • Samantha Hazel Joins McKinley Irvin as Senior Attorney in Portland

    Samantha Hazel Joins McKinley Irvin as Senior Attorney in Portland We are thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our Portland office, senior attorney Samantha Hazel . Samantha brings a uniquely diverse background to the practice of family law. At McKinley Irvin, she will focus her practice on high asset divorce, high conflict divorce, contested child custody issues, and cases involving domestic violence. Samantha is highly regarded by her clients and fellow attorneys for her courtroom skills and unwavering dedication to the people and families she represents. She is also known in the ...
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  • 3 Things to Know About Long Distance Co-Parenting

    3 Things to Know About Long Distance Co-Parenting Parenting plans allow for divorced or separated parents to maintain healthy relationships with their children. Not all parenting plans are as simple as scheduling which weekends either parent will get a child. And this is especially true when divorced parents live a long distance from one another. For non-residential parents and parents who have physical custody, long distance parenting plans provide the foundation for detailed scheduling and the opportunity for parents to maintain regular contact with their children. At ...
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