Child Support & Custody

Proven Success

Members and family members in the U.S. armed forces face extremely unique circumstances and challenges in matters involving child custody, parenting rights, and child support.

Some key issues unique to military personnel facing divorce include:

  • Unit deployment: How does the noncustodial service member receive fair parenting time during times of lengthy troop deployments and TDY.


  • Work schedule: The U.S. military is not a 9 to 5 job. Service members who rotate on and off of shifts may not be able to take advantage of their rights to a regular parenting schedule.

  • Emergency alerts and training drills: Service members at garrison duty stations face unscheduled emergency alert training drills at all hours of the day and night, often continuing for a day or more. What provisions are in place to allow the noncustodial service member to make up lost parenting time?


  • Relocation to a new permanent duty station: Active duty service members who are the custodial parent of a child or children face permanent duty reassignment. How will the noncustodial parent maintain parenting rights after the relocation to another duty station anywhere in the world?


  • Child support and enforcement: Members of the armed forces must pay child support to the custodial parent of their children. Enforcing child support payments is often difficult when thousands of miles may separate the parents.

Make Sure Your Divorce Attorney
Understands the Issues

Van Ackeren, P.S., in Tacoma, Washington, is a unique military family law firm serving members of the U.S. armed forces in Washington. Attorney Cheryl Van Ackeren focuses on divorce and family law services designed to meet the challenges of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and members of every branch of the military. It makes sense to talk to an experienced military law attorney to get answers to your specific questions about overcoming the challenges of custody and parenting rights after your divorce.

Phone Consultation available for those outside of the greater Tacoma, Seattle, and Bremerton areas.

During your consultation with attorney Cheryl Van Ackeren you can discuss the circumstances of your divorce, child custody, and parenting issues. We are in the center of three important military bases in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, and will arrange to visit you at your location if you cannot come to our offices.

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