Military Divorce attorney in Tacoma
Pierce County Washington
- Law office of Erik Bjornson
to providing high quality legal services at a
Retaining a divorce attorney who is competent to address military issues can be a challenge.
In addition to the normal legal issues present in a divorce, military members often have additional issues they must deal with, especially if they are still on active duty.
I hope I can be of assistance to you. My goal is to listen to clients and deliver quality legal services for a reasonable fee. In light of this commitment, this office offers a free initial telephone with a lawyer to discuss your legal issue: (253) 272-1434.
This office also represent clients
who reside out of state with pending
dissolution/divorce or child support issues in
See also Seven myths concerning military divorce in Washington state
Specific issues affecting military members and military retirees:
- Military Disability - Military servicemembers are often rated for
a medical disability either before they leave the military. As time passes, the disability rating for military member often increases.
Because the disability portion of the retirement cannot directly be divided by the military, the disability can have a profound
effect on the payments, if any, made to the spouse after the divorce. One should remember, however, that the courts in Washington can consider the
retirement benefit for other purposes such as setting child support or for maintenance.
- Maintenance - The spouse of a military member can request a significant payment above and beyond
the child support payment. The payments can represent a significant portion of the servicemember's military or retirement pay and last for years depending.
In Washington State
- Child Support - The child support for a military member can constitute a large portion of the
military pay. All of the proper deductions and applicable deviations from the Washington State Child Support
schedule should be used so that the resulting child support obligation is reasonable. Child support is
designed to benefit the child not the custodial parent. Therefore, child support should not be disguised as form of maintenance.
The servicemember should also work to have the child support based on the income of the member after the divorce.
- Maintenance - The spouse of a military member or retiree may also request that the
court award a monthly payment of maintenance which is a monetary payment in addition to child support. Under Washington law, there are many factors
that a court may consider when deciding the issue of maintenance. Generally, the longer the marriage and the more "needs" the spouse can demonstrate
will increase the liklihood that amount of maintenance will be higher and for a longer duration. Another consideration is the ability of the
military member to pay maintenance.
Admitted to practice in the following
- Washington State Supreme Court
- Washington State Court of Appeals
- All Washington State Superior and
District Courts (including Pierce and King
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Federal District Courts in
- Washington State Bar Association
- Washington State Trial Lawyers
- Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association(Family Law Section)
- Washington State Bar Association No. 25204
For more information please call or
send e-mail to
Law Office of Erik
711 Court A Suite 114
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone (253) 272-1434
Located in downtown Tacoma,
Washington (Pierce County) across from Pierce County Superior Court.
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