Military Divorce Lawyer Pierce County, WA
If you and your spouse share minor children and you’re beginning to navigate the process of divorce, it’s important to speak with an experienced military divorce lawyer Pierce County, WA residents trust – and to do so as soon as you possibly can. The process of splitting one household into two households generally requires one former spouse to move. Either you or your spouse are likely in the process of moving, if you’ve already decided to divorce. Whether either of you is moving down the street, across town, to a different part of the state, across state lines, or internationally, you’ll need to be fully informed about your rights and your spouse’s rights as it concerns moving, your child’s custody arrangements, and your status as a military family. Our Pierce County, WA military divorce lawyer team can help to clarify your rights and responsibilities so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed at this time.
Moving During Divorce – Child Custody and Parenting Plan Considerations
The Uniform Deployed Parents Custody & Visitation Act (UDPCVA) restricts the actions that can be taken by a non-deployed parent of a minor child while that child’s other parent is deployed. Therefore, it is especially pressing that you contact our firm if you or your spouse is deployed and whichever of you is stateside is hoping to move during or following your divorce process. It’s worth noting that each state responds to the UDPCVA in unique ways and has its own state-specific guidelines as concerns deployed parents of minor children. Our firm will be able to explain how these laws may impact your family.
Beyond these regulations, moving during or after a divorce can be tricky when a couple shares minor children, even if one of them isn’t deployed. Child custody determinations must be made according to the “best interests of the child” standard. However, this standard does not prohibit one or both parents from moving, even if the move is not in the explicit best interests of the child. For example, a parent who needs to move out of state to take a job to support their child may be allowed to do so, even if moving that child away from its current location would be tough for that child. Every situation is unique.
Legal Guidance Is Available
Regardless of whether you’re an active service member, your spouse is an active service member, or you’re both serving the country, it’s important to understand how your status as a military family will affect your divorce process and your child custody challenges. Not every family lawyer has the knowledge and experience you’ll need to guide you through the divorce process as a military family. Thankfully, the experienced Washington legal team at Robinson & Hadeed works with military families regularly and we’d be honored to serve as your advocates at this time. Please, schedule a confidential, no-obligation family law consultation with our firm today. Our Pierce County, WA military divorce lawyer team looks forward to learning about your family’s unique situation, goals, and needs at this time.