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Whether you're the spouse of a service member or are currently serving, filing for a military divorce can be complex. At Divorced by Design, our lead attorney, Garret, knows what it means to serve. His experience as a member of the air force gives our team a leg up in military divorce cases, enabling us to fight for your rights and interests within the context of a military divorce.
Filing for a Military Divorce in Bakersfield
Filing for a military divorce can be significantly more complex than filing for a normal divorce. Spouses who wish to obtain a military divorce can:
- File for divorce where the service member is stationed; or
- File for divorce where the spouse filing the divorce petition (the petitioner) is a resident.
To file for a military divorce in California, at least one of the spouses must be a resident of the state.
Military spouses who file for a divorce when their partner is deployed or on active duty may experience difficulties serving their spouse with the divorce petition. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) prevents military members from certain occurrences, such as being evicted.
Importantly, the SCRA also prevents service members from needing to file a Response to divorce summons. Normally, when a respondent refuses to file a Response, the court can issue a default judgment against them and finalize the divorce for the petitioner. If a military spouse files for a divorce, they may need to wait until their partner is no longer deployed or on active duty to finalize their divorce.
Would recommend him 100x
“Mr. Rice went above and beyond for my parents. He answered all of our questions and made us feel very comfortable and at ease! Would recommend him 100x.”- Chelsey Crump
He’s a man of his word and he takes the worry out of this process
“I highly recommend Garrett Rice if you need a divorce attorney. Divorce can be chaotic and stressful but not with him. He’s a man of his word and he takes the worry out of this process. his office is very responsive and they are with you every step of the way! Garrett goes above and beyond!!!”- Whitney Rainwater
Garret represented my case with the utmost professionalism and care
“Garret represented my case with the utmost professionalism and care. I really felt that he provided a personal touch with his representation. I thoroughly believe that without his knowledge and litigation expertise, I would have had a different outcome in my case.”- Nick Lidgett
Whether you need your divorce handled with white gloves or a shark in the court Garrett is your man!
“Mr. Rice is an amazing lawyer not only was he efficient he listened to my needs and the needs of my children and executed them perfectly in court. He’s a no-nonsense lawyer with a proven track record. Whether you need your divorce handled with white gloves or a shark in the court Garrett is your man! I will definitely recommend him to any and everyone I know! I’ve had 2 other lawyers in Bakersfield and no one is even close to as good as him. He’s the smartest person in the room by far and doesn’t accept the games played in family court.”- Justin Debrum
Garrett is a very compassionate and understanding attorney
“Garrett is a very compassionate and understanding attorney. He is not in it for the money but only for the best interest of you and your family. He will not give you false hopes during the case. Garrett is always prepared for court, speaks very direct, dresses very nicely and is presentable for court, and is highly favored by the judges. Every time we went to court we received the results we wanted and he did all the talking. He defends you in and out of court when the other side wants to get out of line. I love that he gives his clients his direct number and you can contact him directly whenever. We are very seasoned with the attorneys here in Bakersfield, and 98% of them are money hungry, have no interest in your case (but they will fake it to get your money), and will continue your case for years which equals thousands of dollars you will never see again. So! If you are looking for an attorney who will get the job done and genuinely cares about you or are debating changing attorneys because they fall in that 98% category, GARRETT IS YOUR MAN! You’ll thank me later 😉”- Camille Elijah
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Flexible SchedulesWe understand that dealing with a family law dispute is never easy. We want to help ease that burden by making ourselves available when you need us most.
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