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Military Divorce

Orange Park Military Divorce Lawyer

Serving Those Who Serve

When you are going through a military divorce, you may be dealing with a number of unique challenges. You may be worried about how your military benefits will be affected by the divorce. You may be concerned about how the divorce will affect your future, both during and after your time in the military. You may also feel that the stresses of your current situation may be affecting your performance in the military.

At Owenby Law, P.A., we understand how military divorces work and can help you navigate the process. Our team can help you file the necessary paperwork, ensure that your benefits are protected, and help you understand the legal and financial implications of your divorce. We can also help you understand how your divorce will affect your military career and make sure you are receiving the support you need to succeed both in and out of the military.

Call (904) 263-5759 or contact us online today to schedule an initial consultation.

Understanding Military Divorce in Florida

Military divorce in Florida is a legal process through which a married couple with one or both spouses being active-duty military members, reservists, or veterans seeks to end their marriage or address related legal issues. The process follows Florida state laws and federal regulations governing military divorces. While many aspects of a military divorce are similar to civilian divorces, there are unique factors and considerations due to the military status of one or both spouses.

Common factors in a military divorce in Florida include:

  • Residency Requirements: In Florida, at least one of the spouses must meet the state's residency requirements to file for divorce. For active-duty military members, these requirements can often be met through their military station assignment in the state or their home of record.
  • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): The SCRA provides certain legal protections for active-duty military members, including a stay on civil legal proceedings. This means that if a military member is on active duty, the divorce process may be delayed until they can actively participate in the proceedings.
  • Division of Military Pensions: Military pensions are considered marital property and are subject to division in a divorce. Florida follows equitable distribution laws, which means that military pensions will be divided fairly between the spouses. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA) governs the division of military retirement pay, and specific rules apply.
  • Child Custody and Support: Child custody and support issues are resolved similarly to civilian divorces, with a focus on the best interests of the child. Military service and frequent deployments can complicate these matters, and Florida courts will consider the military parent's ability to provide for the child's welfare.
  • Deployment and Custody: Deployment and temporary duty assignments can affect child custody arrangements. Florida courts often address how deployment or relocation will impact the custody and visitation rights of the military parent, aiming to preserve the parent-child relationship as much as possible.
  • Alimony and Child Support: Alimony and child support payments are determined based on the income and financial resources of each spouse. Military income, including allowances, special pay, and bonuses, is considered when calculating these support obligations.
  • Military Insurance and Benefits: Divorcing military couples may have issues related to health care benefits, housing allowances, and other military benefits. The court may specify how these benefits are provided to the non-military spouse and dependents.
  • Jurisdictional Issues: Military divorce cases may involve jurisdictional complexities, especially if the military member and their spouse are stationed in different states or have different legal residences. Determining the appropriate court to handle the divorce case is crucial.
  • Expedited Proceedings: Some military divorces can be expedited due to the unique circumstances of military service. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act allows for certain protections and deferrals in legal proceedings, but it also permits the active-duty member to waive these protections to expedite the divorce process if they wish.
  • Legal Representation: It is essential for both spouses to have legal representation. Active-duty military members can consult with a legal assistance attorney, and civilian spouses should also seek their own legal counsel to protect their rights and interests.

Military divorce in Florida involves these and other specific factors that distinguish it from civilian divorces. It's important to consult with an attorney experienced in military divorce to navigate the unique legal issues and ensure a fair resolution.

We Are Here to Help

Owenby Law, P.A. understands how stressful and overwhelming a military divorce can be. Our team is here to help you navigate the process and get through your divorce as quickly and painlessly as possible. We are committed to building lasting and trusting relationships with our clients and will go above and beyond to ensure that they are represented and protected throughout the process.

Our firm is dedicated to providing you with the personalized attention and high-quality service you deserve. We are committed to providing you with the level of representation you need and deserve, no matter how large or small your particular case may be. Our team will work hard to make sure you get the results you are looking for.

To schedule a consultation with our team, call us at (904) 263-5759 or contact us online today.

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