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At Twyford Law Office, our firm represents clients seeking a military divorce in Bellevue. We understand the complexity and challenges that come with ending a marriage. We will help you with every aspect of your case and protect your rights in the process. We have years representing our clients in cases involving Bellevue child support, child custody, Bellevue divorce, prenuptial agreements and more.
A family law attorney with experience handling military divorces can make the process much easier. They will help you address all issues involved, such as:
Divorcing spouses often have different views about what is best or fair, creating conflict. An attorney can offer objective advice about the long-term impact of your choices to help you find solutions to these disputes. At the same time, your attorney will take on the burden of filing the proper paperwork and meeting deadlines. If your case must be decided by a judge, a divorce attorney will advocate for your rights in court.
To file for a divorce in Washington, either the military member or their spouse must establish residency. However, no law requires residency in Washington for a specific length of time before filing. Washington is a pure no-fault divorce state, which means the only grounds for seeking a divorce is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. The spouse who files the paperwork must serve the other, so they have a chance to respond. However, serving a spouse can be uniquely challenging if it is a military member overseas.
If a military member is on active duty, preventing them from responding to a divorce petition or participating in proceedings, federal and state laws protect them from default judgments to divorce petitions. Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), active duty spouses have the right to request a “stay” or postponement, which, if a “stay” is granted, will put a hold on the proceedings for at least 90 days. However, extensions may be allowed until the military member’s duties no longer interfere with their participation.
If you are considering a military divorce, please do not hesitate to contact Twyford Law Office. We have decades of experience in all aspects of family law and offer a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We are available 24/7; call (425) 517-3350 or fill out our online contact form today.