Family Law For Military Families
For the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, the concept of “normal family life” can take on a very different meaning than it does for civilians. Whether you live on base, you have young children, you are on deployment, or you and your spouse are both actively serving, the rigors of managing professional and personal responsibilities can often result in couples drifting apart and pursuing divorce.
Although there are plenty of family law firms that handle divorce, not all possess the experience that our attorneys bring to matters specific to military families. With numerous military bases and hundreds of thousands of personnel residing in California, we believe it’s essential for military families to have legal representation that accounts for their specific needs.
Handling The Issues Unique To Military Divorce
A few matters to consider during a military divorce include:
- Jurisdiction: Military life can keep a family on the move. A typical military divorce requires that you or your spouse resides or is stationed in California.
- Protections: There are federal laws in place to protect military personnel from having to deal with a divorce or lawsuit while on active duty. As your attorneys, we can explain the implications of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
- Pension and benefits: Similar to the pensions and benefits accrued by civilians, military retirement pensions may be divided between spouses during divorce. We can explain the implications of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) and other laws that may affect your situation and the division of military benefits.
- Child support and custody: There are rules in place regarding military personnel and spousal support and child support. Matters such as payment amounts, life insurance coverage and other matters can be discussed during a free initial consultation.