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McChord AFB

Everett Naval Station

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Whidbey Island Naval Air Station

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Do you have questions about your divorce and family law legal rights and options?

Wondering if you can file for divorce or family law case here in Washington?

Are you active duty and currently stationed in Washington State?

Get help and information from a Washington military divorce attorney today!

Military divorce attorneys and Washington State military divorce lawyers.  Are you stationed at Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, or Everett Naval Station?  Do have questions about whether or not you can be divorced in Washington State even if you are deployed overseas?  If so, we encourage you to call and speak with one of our Washington military divorce attorneys.  We're here to help.

In many respects, military divorces in Washington State are handled in a very, very similar manner to civilian divorces.  But there are important differences.  One of experienced military divorce lawyers can review your specific facts and circumstances and then help you to understand your legal rights and options.

In most situations, if you are stationed in Washington State, you are able to legally be divorced in Washington, under Washington law, even if you still claim a different state as home state or state of "domicile".  If you are deployed overseas, you also have important rights and protections under the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act, which largely prevents default judgments and other orders from being entered against you while you are overseas.

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If you currently an armed services member and are currently stationed in Washington State, you have the legal right to utilize Washington State jurisdiction for any divorce or family law matters.  Our Washington military divorce attorneys understand the divorce and family laws of this state and we understand how the military's own unique laws overlay with Washington's divorce laws.

Our military divorce attorneys provide family law services to military service members throughout Washington State.  Are you active duty and in the armed services while stationed in the state of Washington?  Do you need to get a divorce?  Do you have Washington family law questions?  Are you currently stationed at Fort Lewis?  McChord AFB (Air Force Base)?  Everett Naval Station?  If so our Washington Military Divorce Lawyers are here to help!  Talk to a military divorce attorney today.

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Military Divorce Issues In Washington State

Military divorces are handled much the same way as any other divorce would be here in Washington State. The parties need only have a residence here in Washington to file for divorce here.  If children are involved and both parents are currently living and/or are stationed here in Washington then the Court will most likely have jurisdiction over the children. 

If you have concerns about jurisdiction or issues relating to custody of your children, we invite you to all our offices and speak with one of our Washington military divorce lawyers.  Our Washington military divorce lawyers offer a free initial consultation to all armed services members.

The critical issues in dealing with a military divorce that may be different from a non-military divorce involve maintenance or spousal support required to be paid, military retirements or pensions and disability pay.  Our Washington State military divorce attorneys understand that these are often critical issues that are very fact specific. 

Most military members receive a basic housing allowance that is meant to be used to support his or her family.  The military member, under some circumstances, may withhold that allowance from the spouse they are separated from unless there is an order in place providing for spousal maintenance.

On the other hand, in some cases, the military may require the full amount of the allowance go to the non-military spouse in absence of an Order stating otherwise.  It is important for both parties to have an order addressing this issue in place so that each party knows what is expected.

Community property and pensions in a Washington military divorce.

Another issue often involved in military divorce includes distributing the community portion of the military member’s pension or Thrift Savings Plan.  The Court can distribute any portion of the pension as it would any other community property.  The military must follow the “10 year” rule in order to distribute a military member’s pension.

In other words, if the parties have not been married at least 10 years coincident with 10 years of the military service then the Court cannot divide the pension itself.   It can, however, order the military member to pay a portion of their pension themselves to their ex-spouse rather than having the military pay them directly.  If a military member is already receiving their pension then the Court can count the pension as income when determining child support.  A good Washington military divorce lawyer understands how these military laws interact with and overlay Washington State's divorce laws regarding community property and pensions.

It is also important to note that military disability payments are not community property and the Court cannot order them to be split between the parties.  This does not keep the Court from ordering maintenance or child support and disability payments will be counted as part of your income is your receive them. 

Soldier’s/Sailor’s Relief Act:  How our Washington military divorce lawyers can protect you deployed overseas or unable to otherwise fully participate in your case.

If one of the parties in a divorce is a member of the military and they are unable to fully participate in their case because of their active duty status then they may petition the Court for a stay of the proceedings.  A stay is not automatic simply because the military member is, in fact, in the military or because they petition the Court for a stay.  Our Washington State military divorce attorneys understand how to protect your legal rights and preserve your legal options if you are unable to fully participate in divorce or family law proceedings.

A motion must be made to the Court stating the reason for the stay, which must fall within the guidelines set forth in the Relief Act in order for a stay to be granted.  A stay may not prevent a party from getting needed maintenance or child support.  The stay will usually hold off most proceedings in the case, including the trial for a reasonable amount of time to allow the military member to be available to participate in their case.  A good military divorce lawyer understands that it is important to invoke with rights as quickly as possible if it is applicable.

Military members can also file and finalize uncontested divorces while overseas.  Our Washington military divorce attorneys and staff are proficient at communicating via email and phone in order to accomplish all of our clients’ needs.  We have a specific process set up to completely handled these kinds of cases from start to finish.  Our Washington State military divorce lawyers handle a number of uncontested divorce and family-law related matters for armed services' members every year.

Our Washington State military divorce lawyers are experienced in all aspects of divorce, including how military rules and regulations affect the process.  We are happy to assist any client dealing with military issues.

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Our military divorce attorneys proudly serve and assist armed services members throughout Washington State.


* Yakima Firing Center
* Fort Lewis

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* Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
* Everett Naval Station
* Naval Station Bremerton
* Naval Underwater Warfare Engineering Station
* Whidbey Island Naval Air Station
* Naval Strategic Weapon Fac Pac
* Bangor Naval Submarine Base

Air Force

* Fairchild AFB
* McChord AFB

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* Thirteenth Coast Guard District
* Group Port Angeles
* Group Seattle
* Marine Safety Office Puget Sound
* Air Station Port Angeles
* National MotorLifeboat School
* Vessel Traffic Puget Sound

Military Divorce Lawyers

Washington Military Divorce Attorneys

Assisting Armed WA State Services Members

Fort Lewis | McChord AFB | Everett Naval Station

Military Divorce Lawyers

Helping military divorce clients stationed at the following military bases:

Fort Lewis

McChord AFB

Everett Naval Station

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Seattle Offices:

The Seattle Tower
1218 Third Ave, Suite #500
Seattle, WA 98101

Bellevue Offices:

Plaza Center
10900 NE 8th St
Ste #1000
Bellevue, WA 98004

Tacoma Offices:

201 St. Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

Everett Offices:

The Central Building
1721 Hewitt Ave
Ste #521
Everett, WA 98201

Olympia Offices:

3025 Limited Lane NW
Ste #206
Olympia, WA 98502