Military Divorce Lawyer

When members of the Armed Forces divorce the process is similar to that of a civilian divorce. However, there are important differences that may be encountered during a Service Member’s divorce. Morton McGoldrick P.S.’s military divorce lawyers understand those subtleties such as managing issues related to deployment, tax free income, military retirement, former spouse benefits, relocation by a parent, as well as the complications to visitation that can occur during military service. When they need a military divorce lawyer, Service Members and their spouses living in Tacoma and the surrounding area, in particular those serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, have been relying on our services for over 90 years.

Our Military Divorce Attorneys Consider Every Component

Although it is not a prerequisite to seek the services of a military divorce lawyer to get a divorce, both state and federal laws do provide additional provisions for divorces that include members of the armed forces. This makes it prudent to have a lawyer with direct experience and knowledge regarding these laws. A military divorce lawyer from Morton McGoldrick has the expertise to handle important and unique issues regarding government benefits and special requirements related to a military divorce. These issues can be pivotal for military personnel who are getting divorced, and may go unnoticed by a lawyer who is unaware of them.

The contrast between civilian and military divorces makes preparation from an experienced representative important. A spouse with a military divorce attorney may have exceptional help when navigating the specific bearings military service can have on support expenses, retirement, custody, and more.

Unique Factors a Military Divorce Lawyer can Help With Include:

Pay and pension – There are a number of issues that enter the picture when pay and pension are considered. Since federal law trumps state law, specific assets may or may not be divisible. Considerations like BAH must be considered, as well as Spouses’ retirement eligibility. In addition, medical benefits directly correspond to the years of marriage under the Former Spouse Protection Act.

Legal Protection – When a member of the military is on active duty, the federal Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act protects them from default judgments being entered against them in their absence and having to file responses to Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage when deployed. A military divorce lawyer in Tacoma can ensure that these protections are afforded to service personnel and can also provide counsel regarding spousal support payments and child support as they relate to military pay. In addition, basic allowances for housing are impacted when a service member goes through a divorce.

Child custodyThe creation of parenting plans that both parties find acceptable can be difficult. Parenting plans involving members of the Armed Forces regularly need additional flexibility beyond what civilian parenting plans may provide. A military divorce attorney can help create a plan that acknowledges, allows for and anticipates these inevitabilities.

Below are some additional examples of the family law and divorce services we provide:

  • Divorce and Legal Separation
  • Alimony (Spousal Support)
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support/Support Modification
  • Modification of Existing Parenting Plans
  • Division of Property and Debts
  • Post-Judgment Modifications
  • Prenuptial (Premarital) and Postnuptial (Postmarital) Agreements
  • Paternity Suits
  • Adoptions
  • Third Party Custody Proceedings
  • Committed Intimate Relationship Dissolutions

Contact Us for a Military Divorce Lawyer Today

With an informed military divorce attorney, Tacoma residents can get the practical representation and counsel they require. Our firm can represent you no matter what branch of the military you are in. Call (253) 655-2275 or contact us today.