Clement Law Center - Federal Way Family Law Attorney
Free Initial Consultation
253-336-3607
Our office is open. At Clement Law Center, the safety and wellbeing of our clients and employees come first. In response to COVID-19, court hearings and all conferences with client and prospective clients will be by phone. We are not conducting in-person court hearings or meetings. Our staff will often be working remotely during this time. Our office will be checking voicemail and will return client calls as soon as possible. We continue to offer free phone consultations.
We offer a 25% discount to First Responders and Health Care Workers
bg-banner-blog
Quality Representation & Individualized Advocacy You Can Depend On

Military divorce: Child custody issues that are top priority

| Apr 15, 2020 | Uncategorized

Many Washington households include family members who are in the military. Just as in non-military families, many of those marriages don’t last. A military divorce can be stressful, particularly regarding regarding child custody, and keeping several practical tips in mind from the start may help avoid confusion or disputes.

If a parent who has physical custody of his or her children is also the parent who is in the military, he or she will want to make sure to update a family care plan in divorce. Especially if there is a remarriage, the terms of the family care plan may have significant impact on the children’s daily lives if their custodial parent deploys. In addition to a military family care plan, divorced parents may also have a child custody order in place.

The terms of a family care plan can be incorporated into the custody order. Provisions regarding military relocation, deployment and other topics can be addressed so that both parents clearly understand and agree where the children will live and who will care for them if their military parent must serve a deployment abroad. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects the legal rights of parents serving overseas.

Under protection of the SCRA, a parent in the process of military divorce or one who is dealing with child custody issues after divorce may request a postponement of legal or administrative proceedings during deployment. This means if the non-military parent attempts to seek modification of a child custody order while the military parent is deployed, the latter can invoke his or her rights under SCRA due to the fact that he or she cannot be present for court proceedings. If a Washington parent has questions about military divorce regarding custody, alimony, deployment or issues pertaining to the SCRA, he or she may seek answers by requesting a meeting with an attorney who has experience in providing support to military families.

Start Your Free Consultation

Our Office Locations

Federal Way Office
31919 1st Avenue South, Suite 103
Federal Way, WA 98003

Toll Free:888-351-6779
Phone: 253-336-3607
Fax: 253-815-8458
Federal Way Office Location

Seattle Office
3418 NE 65th St., Suite A
Seattle, WA 98115

Toll Free: 888-351-6779
Phone: 253-336-3607
Fax: 253-815-8458
Seattle Office Location

Bellevue Office
14777 NE 40th Street, Suite 206
Bellevue, WA 98007

Toll Free: 888-351-6779
Phone: 253-336-3607
Fax: 253-815-8458
Bellevue Office Location
FindLaw Network