When one or both spouses in a Washington divorce are active or retired military personnel it is important that each of them seek legal advice from an experienced family lawyer. A Washington attorney who advises either party in a military divorce must be up to date on complicated federal laws governing military retirement and disability benefits and the complex interplay of those federal laws with Washington divorce laws governing property division and spousal maintenance.
After a divorce has been finalized and a custody plan is in place, things often can and do change in the parents' and child's lives. If the original custody order is no longer working, either parent or other custodial adult can work with a lawyer to petition the courts for a modification to the plan.
Two issues that are usually important to divorcing couples when they own property of considerable worth are the placement of fair values on their assets and the preservation of family privacy. Aspects of collaborative divorce - a creative, modern alternative to traditional divorce litigation - are conducive to positive resolution of these issues for some families.