By Frank Morris
As a member of the armed forces, you have dedicated your life to serving your country and made many personal sacrifices in doing so. We thank you for your service. However, the realities of military life often take a toll on marriages and family. After long or multiple deployments, there may be nothing you want more than to come back to a happy home, your wife, and your kids. Sadly, for many, the homecoming and the days that follow are not so happy. Military families facing separation and divorce are often faced with a confusing legal maze of complex terms, documents and procedures.
Divorce takes an emotional toll on every member of the family . As a member of the military, you and your family members may be even more susceptible to the economic and emotional trauma of change and loss. You have fought on foreign soil, defended our borders, and protected the homefront so that American families can continue to enjoy freedom. Faced with divorce, you may feel like you are losing the family and home that you have fought so hard to protect. We understand your sense of loss and want to protect what is important to you.
Separation and divorce can also create a lot of questions and confusion. It is far more expensive and difficult to get divorced than it is to get married. The legal process can be technical, and difficult to navigate and understand.
We are here to help you maneuver your way through the process, and to provide the legal representation you need to effectively restructure your family dynamic going into the future.
As a service member, you face special challenges in divorce. Your divorce proceedings may be heard in Washington State court, but the key issues of the case will revolve around your military service and benefits. You need a lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in both the divorce laws of the state of Washington and the codes and regulations of the military. You need an attorney who has experience fighting for and protecting the legal rights of service members.
Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge needed to successfully represent active duty and retired service members going through divorce, and child support, custody, and visitation issues. We are dedicated to supporting those of you who have served our country and the dependents that sacrifice along with them. We get the results that you need and deserve. If you or your spouse is a resident of the state of Washington, or if you are stationed here in Washington, Washington may be the place to file your case. We have local attorneys near your installation, ready to help.
It can be intimidating to face a legal process that you don't know much about or understand. The first steps in gaining control of your situation are to become more knowledgeable about divorce in Washington and to retain a skilled, experienced, and aggressive legal team to represent your interests. You need an attorney with a good understanding of how state and federal law works together in military divorce. With the benefit of a skilled legal team, you will be in a position of strength and better able to get yourself and your family through a difficult process with the best possible outcome.
Beyond that, it is always better to be on the offense rather than the defense. To have the most control in any legal case, you should lead the way. Be proactive and initiate action rather than responding to what the opposing party is already doing. You can implement this strategy by retaining the best legal team you can find and working with them to develop a game plan to accomplish your goals.
This site is designed to serve as an informational resource on primary issues that may arise for service members during divorce in Washington. The topics presented are an overview, and are intended to help you become more knowledgeable and confident in approaching your divorce. For questions specific to your situation, schedule a free half-hour initial consultation with one of our attorneys.
As a member of the military, you are always ready to place your life in danger to protect our country. Your dedicated service can cause stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Going through a divorce may seem like more stress than you can bear. You may be tempted to end things quickly by giving into all of your spouse’s demands. Don't do it!
There is no need for you to give up your rights, no matter how distressing the end of your marriage may be. The emotional pain caused by divorce will eventually diminish, but you will have to deal with the obligations of the divorce long into the future.
The divorce process creates a road map for your future. You have the power to make decisions about the custody and visitation of your children, You have rights regarding the division of your debts, assets, and military retirement, and in regards to child and spousal support obligations. Having a strong ally on your side to pursue and negotiate your case, and in the courtroom, helps you lay the foundation for a better life after divorce.
Divorce is not a situation you should try to handle on your own. Success depends on gathering the right resources and team members. Our lawyers bring mission critical skills and experience to your case and to the courtroom. We will fight to protect your rights every step of the way.
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