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Military Family Law

It is common to hear terms like "military divorce" and "military family law," especially here in Kitsap County. It should be noted, however, that these terms do not describe distinct legal practices or concepts. Instead, they are informal terms reflecting the fact that military families often face unique challenges and complications when trying to resolve family law issues such as divorce and child custody.

At the Newbry Law Office, we understand these challenges, and we are proud to help military families work through them. Our firm represents both service members and spouses of service members, and we try to reach cost-effective resolutions in the best interests of the whole family.

Service-Related Challenges And How We Can Help

  • Conflicting information: The various branches of the military offer guidelines and information on family law matters. But these guidelines are typically not state-specific and can contain other incorrect information as well. Your case will be governed by Washington state's laws, and attorney Christine Newbry will help you understand how those laws apply to your case.
  • Deployment and child custody concerns: Many people assume that deployment will be the deciding factor in a child custody case — that the service member will lose custody and their spouse will be awarded custody. In reality, child custody decisions are considerably more nuanced. Deployment may be a significant factor in temporary custody decisions, but the best interests of children and the rights of both parents will be guiding principles in more permanent custody rulings.
  • Deployment and divorce: Actions related to the divorce process may be postponed while one spouse is deployed, especially if that spouse seeks a legal stay under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. That being said, if both parties wish to continue the process during deployment, the internet and other communications technologies have made long-distance legal services relatively easy and convenient.
  • Parental relocation: Drafting a parenting plan can be difficult enough when both parents live in the same state and county. But when one parent gets stationed in a different state or even a different country, the logistical and legal hurdles can be overwhelming. You need a lawyer who knows how to draft parenting plans that work for the whole family, especially children who want and need to keep both parents in their lives.

Contact Us To Take Advantage Of A Free Consultation

Conveniently located in Port Orchard, the Newbry Law Office offers free consultations to service members, spouses and military families in need of family law services. To discover how we can help you, please fill out our online contact form, call 360-244-4205 or text 360-329-7530.

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