Military Lawyers – Bay Area Military Divorce – (925) 542-2543
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.
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.
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).
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.
Results-Driven Legal Representation for Military & Federal Employees
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.
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