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Military Divorce Lawyer

You need a legal team that understands the intricate details of both federal and Washington state laws. As experienced military divorce lawyers, we are here to guide you through this challenging process.

What is Military Divorce Law?

Military divorce law refers to the set of legal regulations that specifically apply to military personnel going through a divorce. While the process of divorce is generally regulated by state law—in this case, Washington state law—military divorces also involve federal statutes and military codes that can present unique challenges and considerations. These can include factors such as determining jurisdiction, dividing military pensions, determining custody and visitation schedules in light of deployment, and understanding the military’s rules regarding child and spousal support. It is crucial to navigate these complexities with the help of a lawyer who is well-versed in both Washington state law and military regulations.
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You will gain a steadfast champion who understands the complex terrain of military and state laws, and is committed to fighting for your rights.

Understanding Military Divorce

In the eyes of the law, a military divorce is not vastly different from a civilian one. However, there are unique factors that must be considered, such as military pensions, benefits, and certain legal protections for service members. These factors can have a significant impact on the divorce process and the final settlement.

Child Custody & Support

When it comes to issues of child custody and support, the same factors that would apply in a civilian divorce are also taken into consideration. The court will evaluate each parent’s ability to provide for the child's best interests, as well as their mental and physical health, any history of domestic violence or substance abuse, and other relevant factors.

Military Pensions & Benefits

In a military divorce, understanding the handling of military pensions and benefits is crucial. Washington, as a community property state, considers all property and debt acquired during marriage as jointly owned. This includes military pensions and benefits. However, dividing these assets is not always simple. Factors like marriage length, military service duration, and financial considerations can impact the final division.

Deployment and Parenting Plans

It is also important to consider the potential for deployments when drafting a parenting plan. When a service member is deployed, special rules may apply regarding child custody and support. It is essential to have an experienced military divorce lawyer on your side who understands the unique challenges of military life and can help create a parenting plan that works for everyone involved. 

Dividing Assets in a Military Divorce

The division of assets and debts is one of the most important factors in a divorce. It is essential that you understand how the court will divide marital property, such as investments, real estate, and other assets. Additionally, pensions and military benefits must be considered and divided correctly so that all parties are treated fairly.

Legal Protections for Service Members

The law affords certain protections for military couples to cater to their special needs and circumstances. For instance, a service member stationed at a military base in Washington can have their divorce heard in a Washington State court. Moreover, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides additional protections to active duty military personnel. The SCRA can delay or halt divorce proceedings to ensure the service member's rights are protected while they are serving our country.

Residency Requirements

In Washington, either spouse must have been living in the state for at least 90 days before filing for divorce. In some cases, special rules may apply to a service member who is stationed outside of the state while their spouse resides in Washington.

What You Get With Us As Your Military Divorce Lawyer

Our law firm combines extensive experience, a deep understanding of both federal and Washington state laws, and a compassionate approach to help guide you through this emotionally challenging process

40+ Years of Experience

We have years of experience in handling military divorces. We understand the unique challenges that come with a military divorce – from navigating complex military benefits to understanding the legal protections afforded to service members.

Comprehensive Understanding of Laws

Our expertise extends beyond just the state laws. We understand both federal and Washington state laws on how military assets are divided during a divorce. This comprehensive knowledge ensures that you get a fair and equitable resolution to your case.

Compassionate Approach

Divorce is an emotionally challenging life process. We understand this and offer a compassionate approach to our representation. Our aim is to support you throughout this process, providing not just legal guidance, but also emotional support.

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Let Us Guide You Through Your Military Divorce

Choosing us as your military divorce lawyer means choosing a partner who will stand by you, guiding you through each step of this complex legal situation. Our commitment is to help you navigate this difficult time with dignity and certainty, ensuring that you receive the justice you deserve.

So, if you’re looking for a military divorce lawyer who combines experience, knowledge, and empathy, look no further. Contact us today and let’s take the first step towards closing this chapter and opening a new one together.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Military Divorce

What are the residency requirements for filing a military divorce in Washington State?
In Washington State, at least one spouse must be a resident of the state or stationed at a military base within the state. The divorce can be filed in the county where the military spouse is stationed.
How is child custody determined in a military divorce in Washington State?
Just like in civilian cases, the child’s best interests are paramount in military divorce cases. Washington courts prefer shared parenting plans, but the decision is influenced by factors such as the child’s age, the parents’ relationship with the child, and the parents’ availability. This can be more complex in military cases due to potential future deployments or relocations.
Does Washington State law allow for spousal support in a military divorce?
Yes, Washington State law does provide for the possibility of spousal support, or alimony, in a military divorce. The amount and duration of spousal support are determined by various factors including the length of the marriage, the economic situation of both parties, and the standard of living established during the marriage.