Military Family Law
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Family Law is an area of civil, state law that applies equally to military and civilian families. We discuss the concept of Military Family Law because of the unique circumstances that affect military families involved in family law matters and certain federal laws that modify specific civil rules and legal procedures to fairly accommodate military service members in family law and other civil legal matters.
Our Commitment to Military Service Members and Military Families
The influence of the United States Armed Forces here at Compass Legal Services, P.S. is significant. Our firm is proud to include Associate Attorney Eric McDonald, a Retired Lieutenant of the United States Navy and former JAG Corps attorney. Additionally, our founder and Managing Attorney Heather Forrler is the daughter of another retired naval officer. Our staff includes children and spouses of Guardsmen and retired Sailors. Each of us understands on a very personal level what it means to be a part of a military family and the many challenges and amazing opportunities that come with the territory.
Military Family Law in Kitsap County, Washington
Kitsap County is home to a thriving military community. Our communities are host to three military installations: Naval Bass Kitsap Bremerton, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and Naval Base Kitsap Keyport, and are home to between 13,000 and 18,000 active duty service members plus their families. Additionally, more than a thousand Military Reservists call Kitsap County their home.
According to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, fifty-six percent of active duty service members and only slightly less than half of Military Reservists are married. Their families include more than a million dependents, including roughly 334,000 children ages 5 or younger.
Family Law covers a wide range of issues that relate to family security and the safety and well being of children. Such matters include Parentage, Parenting Plans, Child Support, Third Party Custody. Military Service Members and their Families represent a broad cross-section of our nation and their need for assistance with Family Law matters arises with equal frequency as civilian families. Some disparity between military and civilian families is encountered; however, when examining the unique circumstances and obstacles faced by military personnel and their families based on the realities of military service.
Aspects of Military Family Law
Any family law matter that a civilian might face may apply to military service members and their families. Some of these matters include:
- Parenting Plans
- Child Support
- Third Party Custody
- Property Agreements (including Prenuptial Agreements)
Contacting Compass Legal Services, P.S.
If you are ready to discuss your legal matter with one of our Kitsap County Family Law Attorneys we invite you to call our office at 360.471.3300 to schedule a legal consultation. We strongly encourage anyone involved in or considering action regarding a Family Law matter to be proactive and reach out for help and guidance, if needed, as early as possible.