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DIY Military Divorce Isn’t A Good Idea

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There are times when rolling up your sleeves and accomplishing a task yourself just makes good sense. By DIYing a project, you may be able to save money, time, and the stress of finding someone else to do the job. However, it’s important to understand that some tasks – especially many that are high-stakes and potentially life-changing in nature – are better left to professionals.

Professional services, including accounting, medical, architecture, and legal services, require professional licensure for a reason. There are great risks associated with taking a DIY approach to any of these areas of life. Sometimes, the complexity of a matter is particularly heightened (think, treating the flu versus performing major surgery) and the risks of a DIY approach are escalated as a result. In the area of family law, connecting with a divorce attorney is almost always a preferable approach to DIY. But, if you’re actively serving in the military or divorcing a servicemember, it is particularly important that you seek legal guidance from an attorney who is uniquely familiar with military divorce.

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Military Divorce Law

As an experienced Tacoma, WA military divorce lawyer – including those who practice at Robinson & Hadeed – can confirm, there are unique legal protections and considerations that must be taken into account when crafting a divorce strategy for military service members and their spouses. As a result, a military divorce process can’t be approached in the same ways that virtually every other divorce process can. If you don’t seek out specialized legal guidance, you could find that you’re unable to secure a fair property settlement, that you’re discriminated against in regards to child custody matters, and/or that you don’t benefit from some of the unique distinctions that the law affords service members and their spouses.

Not every family law firm practices military divorce. As a result, you’ll want to make specific inquires about any given firm’s level of practical and theoretical experience with this unique area of law before committing to an attorney-client relationship. If you’ve served our country or supported a servicemember spouse, you deserve to benefit from specialized legal guidance unique to your situation. Don’t settle for less.

Looking Forward with a Critical Eye

Active service members and their spouses must be particularly forward-looking when crafting a divorce strategy. This is especially true in two scenarios: When a service member is going to continue to serve, regardless of their parental status and when a service member is going to serve and is parenting minor children. The ways in which assets are divided, child custody plans are constructed, etc. are going to have massive potential for influencing the lives of everyone in the immediate family.

Getting overwhelmed by the emotions of the divorce process is both understandable and expected. However, it is critically important for everyone that each spouse look past hurts from “before” and overwhelming present emotions to figure out what is most needed to move forward in a healthy, grounded way. An attorney can help you to develop and maintain this perspective throughout your divorce process.