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How does Paid Family and Medical Leave work for military families?

If you have a family member in the military, you may qualify for Paid Leave to spend time with them if they are about to be deployed overseas, or while they are home for rest and relaxation.

You can take leave through Paid Family and Medical Leave for the same reasons (or “exigencies”) as the federal Family Medical Leave Act. View a full list of exigencies that qualify military family members for Paid Family and Medical Leave.


Which military family members qualify for Paid Leave?

The following family members of a person in the military can take Paid Leave:

  • Spouses and domestic partners
  • Children (biological, adopted, foster or stepchild)
  • Parents and legal guardians (and spouse’s parents)
  • Siblings
  • Grandchildren
  • Grandparents (and spouse’s grandparents)
  • Son-in-law and daughter-in-law

Multiple people can take Paid Leave to spend time with a family member in the military. For example, if a military member has two siblings and two parents in Washington who qualify for Paid Leave, they can all apply for Paid Leave and take their leave before the military member is deployed abroad.

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What is military exigency?

Military member’s active duty or call to active duty status as qualifying exigency leave. Such events may include leave to spend time with a covered military member either prior to or post deployment, or to attend to household emergencies that would normally have been handled by the covered military member.

What documentation do I need to share to qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave as a military family member?

  • Documents that show your family member’s deployment dates
  • Time and dates you’ll need leave