Protecting Your Rights in Military Divorce
Divorce is complicated enough when both parents are available to meet and discuss the situation. However, if one spouse is in the military and serving out-of-state, it can be more challenging to resolve divorce matters. There are additional elements — such as jurisdictional issues and retirement benefits — that must be addressed by an experienced military divorce lawyer.
At DONWEST Legal, we have substantial experience representing clients throughout Maryland, and the surrounding communities in military divorce matters. We also work with clients who are stationed at Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Andrews, or those who are serving overseas. Contact our firm online or call 410-740-5646 to schedule your initial consultation.
Representation for Overseas Service Members
If you or your spouse is serving abroad, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan or Korea, you can still move forward with divorce proceedings. Many uncontested divorces can be resolved without the service member returning to Maryland.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) of 2003 replaced the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act of 1940. The act was designed to give military personnel relief from the stress of civil litigation while they were focused on their mission. The SCRA gives service members and their families protections in a variety of civil procedures, including foreclosure, repossession and divorce. The SCRA affects every aspect of Maryland military divorces, including:
- Child custody and child support
- Spousal support
- Retirement benefits and pension
- Post-decree modifications
- Jurisdictional proceedings
Although the SCRA offers service members relief in a variety of family law situations, it does not offer total protection. For example, although child support payments are temporarily suspended, they continue to accumulate. We offer clients the representation they need to help ensure their rights are protected throughout their military divorce.
Schedule your appointment with an experienced attorney by contacting us online or by calling 410-740-5646.