Columbia Military Divorce Attorney
Although a military divorce is similar in idea to a standard divorce, it poses unique challenges for all parties involved. If you or your spouse serve in the United States Armed Forces and are currently going through divorce proceedings, contact the Columbia military divorce lawyer at Arn Family Law today to discuss your case. We provide reliable legal counsel to help you navigate the complex and often confusing military statutes for divorce.
Why Work With Arn Family Law?
Your choice of a military divorce attorney can have a significant impact on the outcome of your divorce. A military divorce is more complicated than a civilian divorce, so you need an attorney with the resources and experience necessary to guide you to a favorable result.
- We consider family law our passion, not just our profession. You can expect respectful and professional legal counsel when you work with Arn Family Law.
- Our Columbia family lawyers will explain the substantive and procedural aspects of your divorce allowing you to be informed, understand your options, and fully participate in decision-making about your case.
- Arn Family Law strives to make your representation as cost-effective as possible. We will not take any action on your behalf without your informed consent.
We understand how complex military divorces can be and want to make sure you fully understand your rights and options as a military service member or spouse of a military service member.
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How Will a Columbia Military Divorce Attorney Help?
Your Columbia military divorce attorney can help you navigate the complex military service-related benefits, pension-related issues, and residence issues common in military divorces. Having a family law attorney experienced in military divorces can eliminate much of the stress and uncertainty you may feel in addressing the complexities of your divorce as a service member or spouse of a service member.
Residency in Military Divorces
Military life often requires moving from place to place, sometimes from state to state but also from country to country. It is not uncommon for a military couple to originally come from one state, live in another, own property in a third state, but one spouse could work in yet another state. Ultimately, when you file for divorce in Maryland either you or your spouse must live in Maryland or work at a Maryland military installation at a duty station. Some military couples will have the option of filing for divorce in multiple states if they meet those states’ residency requirements. In these cases, your choice of where to file for divorce can impact the substantive outcome of your divorce.
Property Division in Military Divorce
Just like any other divorce, a military divorce requires the divorcing couple to divide property obtained during their marriage. The laws of the state where you seek your divorce will govern how marital property is defined and how it may be divided. Many states, including Maryland, define marital property as all property, no matter how titled, obtained by either spouse from the date of marriage to the date of divorce. Other state laws may have more expansive or more contracted definitions of marital property. If you can bring your divorce action in more than one state, learning about each of those state’s property division laws will be an important part of deciding where to file your divorce action.
In addition to state laws regarding non-military divorce property division, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) preserves the rights of former spouses of U.S. military personnel following a divorce as it relates to benefits accrued as a result of military service. Some of these rights include health insurance and commissary and exchange privileges, which can have significant value to a former spouse of a military member. USFSPA also addresses a military spouse’s eligibility to receive a portion of the military member’s retirement pay, once a division of that payment has been awarded by a state court.