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Bay Area Military Divorce

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East Bay Area Military Divorce attorneys at Ryan Family Law are uniquely qualified to help military members or spouse of a military servicemember in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and beyond. If you believe a divorce may be imminent, you should contact an experienced military divorce law attorney.

Military divorces involve their own unique—and sometimes complicated—factors.

Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Paul J. Ryan (ret.) knows how to navigate the complications and complexities that military and federal employee families must navigate when considering divorce. 40% of our family law business is helping military and federal civil service employees.

Military Divorces are More Complicated

Civilian divorce cases are complicated enough. When one or both spouses are military members, the process is more complicated.

It is important to speak with an experienced bay area military divorce attorney whose military clients represent 40% of our family law cases.

Paul Ryan has years of military service combined with 25+ years of military divorce experience.

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Serving Northern & Southern California Military Members, Federal Employees or Their Spouses

In Northern California we represent active & retired military members (or their spouses) in Contra Costa County, Alameda County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area from our Walnut Creek office.

In Southern California we represent active & retired military members (or their spouses) in San Diego County, Orange County and the Inland Empire from Downtown San Diego, East San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), and Carlsbad: close to many active-duty military clients.

Serving Military Members at and near California Military Bases

Office locations in Northern California and Southern California ensure an experienced military divorce attorney near you. We serve clients located on or surrounding many notable military bases:

Northern California Military Members & Federal Civil Service Employees working for or nearby:

  • US Army Reserve Center – San Pablo
  • US Army Reserve Center – Concord
  • US Army Department – Concord
  • US Coast Guard – Concord
  • US Coast Guard – Vallejo
  • US Coast Guard – San Francisco
  • Travis Air Force Base – Fairfield and Suisun City
  • US Air Force Reserve – Danville
  • US Defense Department – Crockett
  • US Defense Contract Administration Services – Richmond
  • Base Alameda Headquarters – Alameda
  • Military Ocean Terminal – Concord

Southern California Military Members & Federal Civil Service Employees working for or nearby:

  • San Diego Area Military Bases
  • Naval Base – San Diego
  • Naval Base – Point Loma
  • US Coast Guard – San Diego
  • Marine Corps Air Station – Miramar
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

What Makes A Military Divorce Different?

Ryan Family Law attorneys are well-known as stellar representatives for clients in military divorces. We have 25+ years of experience in these complicated cases. In California, you face a waiting period of six months before filing your military divorce. If you are deployed out of state, we can initiate this process on your behalf.

There are many factors involved in a military divorce, such as:

  • Military child support
  • Military spousal support
  • Military child custody & visitation
  • Property division in military divorce
  • Division of military pensions & benefits

It is critical you know your rights and how to protect yourself. A Bay Area military divorce lawyer from Ryan Family Law can help you pursue the best possible outcome throughout the military divorce process. If you have questions and want to talk to a lawyer, call us or contact us online to schedule a time when you have the privacy to discuss your concerns and ask questions about military divorce. We have offices in Northern California and Southern California.

The Unique Needs of Federal Civil Service Employees

Federal civil service employees are subject to specific laws of equitable distribution. All assets and debts acquired during the marriage must be split equitably.

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In the private sector, California divorce law requires spouses to come to a legal binding property settlement agreement that has to do with ‘community property’ being fairly divided.

Unlike property settlements in the private sector, federal civil service members, employees, and their spouses must also deal with federal pensions, insurance, and other benefits that are closely regulated by federal law.

For federal civil service employees, there are extra layers of complexity in determining what is considered ‘equitable.’ Soon to be ‘former spouses’ will be entitled to a portion of pension and Thrift Savings benefits. Seems simple, but it is anything but.

Unfortunately, our law firm hears disturbing stories where private sector family law attorneys, inexperienced in complex military and Federal civil service divorces, mess up their client’s case. That often results in changing attorneys in the middle of a divorce case adding weeks or months and additional legal fees. Divorce is hard enough. We can bring our vast experience to you and your case so your divorce will proceed fast, avoid potholes, and be as stress-free as possible.

Federal Civil Service Complexities – There are many different federal retirement systems. Each one has its own rules regarding vesting and accumulation. Accurately calculating yours’ or your spouse’s benefits requires an in-depth analysis of retirement packages, pay grades, and promotion schedules.

Meet Paul J. Ryan

Founder and managing attorney of Ryan Family Law, Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Paul J. Ryan and his legal team have the experience you require to thoroughly analyze yours’ — or your spouse’s — benefit package ensuring a balanced and equitable final settlement agreement. The settlement agreement is the final objective that must be worked out for your marriage dissolution to be completed.

If you are the spouse of a military member, it is in your best interest to make certain you receive your full portion of all that has been legally accumulated during the marriage, including multiple benefit packages and retirement plans.

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Divorce Representation for Government & Federal Civil Service Employees

Ryan Family Law represents Military and Federal Civil Service members — or their spouses. We are highly experienced in these types of cases. We understand military family law and how to effectively and efficiently represent clients facing the military or Federal Employee divorce process.

Divorce in California includes the dividing of community property assets which is even more complicated if you or your spouse is in in the Military or a Federal Civil Service employee. Experience matters! Military and Federal Civil divorce is more complex because of the various Federal retirement benefits systems. These systems include the FERS (Federal Employee Retirement System) and the CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System).

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As a military member or a spouse, or as a federal employee or a spouse, a thorough understanding of the rules of these retirement systems and the dividing of retirement benefits will affect the outcome of your divorce. It is advisable to consult a skilled and experienced bay area military divorce and Federal Civil Service divorce attorney. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Paul J. Ryan (ret.) can assist you in obtaining the best possible outcome.

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Military divorce attorney Paul J. Ryan provides energetic and competent representation for servicemen and women. Paul knows first-hand what it is to serve our country. Whether military or federal employee or spouse, you deserve effective and knowledgeable advocacy during this difficult chapter in your life. Our legal team is here for you.

We Will be Truthful in our Assessment of Your Case

We have been delivering best-possible results for our clients since 1995. We provide honest, straightforward advocacy for every client. You deserve the truth. We will truthfully share our assessment of your case and the probability of obtaining your stated goals during your initial phone call, Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or face-to-face consultation in one of our office locations. During the consultation, based on your unique circumstances, we will be frank with you based on 25+ years’ experience as to how your divorce case will likely unfold.

Truthful Conversations are Difficult – Some prospective clients think our ‘truthful take’ on their upcoming divorce doesn’t match their expectations based on their relationship trauma. We get that. Sincerely, we do. Often out truth, is based on what we witness inside the actual legal system. The system and the set of laws family court judges operate under does not adjust itself to a person’s desired outcome.

We Will Listen Attentively to the Goals You Seek in Your Divorce

Besides being truthful to you about all the similar cases similar to yours and how we’ve watched them play out since 1995, you are the potential client, and we might be hired to represent you. We actively listen to prospective clients so we can strategize with you for a plan of action to reach your goals and best possible outcome. Moreover, we can and do tailor our services to our client’s unique situation.

Our military divorce lawyers in San Francisco East Bay and San Diego work as a team, combining our efforts and experience to provide the counsel and advocacy you deserve.

Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation With A Military Divorce Lawyer

We offer a free case evaluation for our prospective clients — often the same day — via phone call, Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime call, or a sit-down meeting at one of our four offices.

Northern California residents from Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are served by our office in Walnut Creek, CA.

Southern California residents in and near Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego are served from two San Diego offices and one office in Carlsbad, CA.

If you are a member of the military or a military spouse and believe a divorce may be imminent, reach out to military divorce lawyer Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Paul J. Ryan (ret.).

Moreover, if you are a Federal Civil Service employee or Federal employee spouse and have questions about divorce options, please call or email attorney Paul J. Ryan.

To Learn More About Our Military Divorce & Federal Civil Service Divorce Services CALL:

(925) 542-2543 or (858) 222-6600

I’ve been working with Paul Ryan on a difficult case for over a year and he has been a God-send. He is smart, personable, very down to earth and a fighter. I had two terrible experiences previously with different SD firms, and hiring Paul has been a welcome breath of fresh air. I would highly recommend Paul, especially for active duty military and veterans.

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Regina Villalobos
15:38 12 Sep 22
Called for a consultation in a family law case and the lawyer was amazingly helpful a en gave me some input and guide... ace despite me not being able to afford a retainer for him at the moment. Offered me useful advice that has helped me move forward on my case and I hope to soon be able to retain him for his more
Jack Herculean
Jack Herculean
19:43 05 Sep 22
Is it typical to take 15 months to divorce without even having been to trial?
Khristina Lucas
Khristina Lucas
10:59 31 Jul 22
Attorney Paul Ryan is great! Hard working, honest and will fight for you. His paralegal Shirlene is just as great and... responds toEmails and phone calls immediately. Overall, a diligent office to have on your side!read more
Vinny Record
Vinny Record
18:59 09 Jun 22
Thank you!Great service! Very knowledgeable! Glad to know I’m going to battle with the Ryan family law team behind me!
Mike Green
Mike Green
19:57 07 Apr 22
Very professional and effective. Plus they are easy to work with. A price I was very happy to pay. Best lawyers I... have ever hired. There has been a few during a long divorce and their group is more
Sean Vanhorn
Sean Vanhorn
03:19 16 Mar 22
Great people! Fast turn around time from when I called to when I was able to talk to an attorney! Highly recommend
Nadine Martinez
Nadine Martinez
01:34 30 Jun 21
The detailed and step by step advise helped me through a nasty divorce! Thank you!
Hung Tran
Hung Tran
00:11 28 Jun 21
had consulted with Mr. Ryan He was responsive and answered my questions , was always pleasant and professional and... clearly explained my options objectively. He thoroughly reviewed and provided a realistic strategy, I was satisfied. I'd absolutely recommend mr Ryan .read more
Janet H
Janet H
23:06 03 Jun 21
Called to schedule a complimentary consultation expected to either not get a call back or, get a sales pitch. Neither... happened! Mr Ryan called me at my requested time and gave me valuable, important information. He provided me answers to specific questions regarding my situation. I now feel much more prepared and confident going forward. If you need some answers to your questions that may lead to action you take, call Paul more
Diane Kocheran
Diane Kocheran
14:57 08 Sep 20
Paul Ryan helped me to keep my Alimony after my ex husband tried to end it. Paul, along with his incredible office... staff was very honest with me, always quick to answer all my questions, quick to call me back and even gave me discounts when paying my bill on time. This law firm is incredible and I would recommend them highly. I live in Las Vegas and we did everything over the phone. The hearing was in San Diego.They really care about their clients and this was a difficult case. Thank you Paul and your entire office staff. You all are truly one of the greats and I appreciate all your hard work on my case. Thank more
19:13 26 Jul 20
Paul Ryan and Ryan Family Law did an outstanding job with my recent matter. Paul was very responsive to my inquiry and... matched me with one of his excellent attorneys, Paula. Paula was extraordinary! She was professional and conscientious. She developed a successful strategy and assisted me throughout the process and ultimately achieved exceptional results. I would recommend Ryan Family Law to anyone facing a family law matter!read more
Shawn Velasquez
Shawn Velasquez
00:13 10 Jun 20
Paul Ryan is awesome veteran attorney willing to help veterans. He took the time to call me back and go over my case... with me even on the weekend! I would recommend him and I'm definitely keeping his contact in my phone more
Estrellita McIlrath
Estrellita McIlrath
01:58 09 May 20
I could not be more impressed by the actions of the Ryan Family Law Firm. I contacted them on a weekend and was... expecting a call or email on Monday, but instead I was called within the hour and the plan to resolve my issue immediately started. I look forward to continuing to work with Paul, Paula and the rest of the firm and I have no doubt they will give me exactly what I want. Paula did an amazing job representing me and giving me a taste of what is to more
Patty OConnor
Patty OConnor
00:26 29 Feb 20
Paul Ryan is bright, very experienced and will have your back 100%. He is a great attorney who is able to explain the... ins and outs of family law with clarity. He also is a man with a great deal of integrity - you can definitely trust Paul with your case. Highly more
Scott Goodman
Scott Goodman
04:49 22 Nov 19
I have nothing but great things to say about Ryan Family Law. As the respondent in a divorce action, Ryan Family Law... (Paul Ryan, founder) consulted with me very thoroughly and my attorney (Paula) was just SO impressive with her attention-to-detail approach to my case. All contacts – email or phone call – made by me were always returned promptly (often in less than an hour) if my attorney was not readily available at that moment; at her end Paula kept me very, very well informed on all issues and movements associated with my case. Legal terms and common Family Law abbreviations were always explained to my satisfaction and understanding; communications with my attorney Paula or support/administrative staff was always prompt, professional and informative. Paula appeared in court alongside me or appeared on her own (as needed, recommended or prudent) and engaged opposing attorneys with tenaciousness and surgical precision on my behalf, resulting in a well-designed and favorable settlement.I would not hesitate to provide my most positive endorsement and candid recommendation for Ryan Family Law for persons wanting a tenacious and thorough approach to representing YOU for family law matters needing thoroughly professional handling and getting the highest possible probability for a favorable more
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