Hands-On Experience Handling Unique Issues In Military Divorce
Getting a divorce is never easy. However, the divorce process can be even more stressful for members of the U.S. military. Military divorces involve unique issues. Since military families frequently relocate, and military members are often deployed, many of the aspects and laws involved in military divorce can be complex. That is why it is critical to retain a knowledgeable military divorce attorney.
Why You Need An Experienced San Antonio Military Divorce Attorney
The issues of custody, property division and support payments are even more complex issues in military divorces. There are two particular laws that apply to military divorces to help ease the stress of this process for military families:
- The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects members who are in active duty and stationed out of the country. This act allows them to postpone divorce proceedings until they can attend.
- The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Act (USFSPA) protects the rights of military spouses. It imposes the spouse’s state laws on the divorce proceedings. It also classifies military retirement pay as property instead of income, so military spouses can recover financial assets in property division.
Navigating a military divorce with these laws can be difficult. Service members who are on active duty will need legal counsel to advocate for child custody and their parental visitation rights, since frequent deployments can seriously impact your military family custody arrangement.
Under the USFSPA, not paying support payments is grounds for a charge of misconduct. So, it is essential to retain an attorney who can protect both your rights as a parent as well as a service member.
Attorney Jon Disrud is board-certified family law specialist* and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was a judge advocate general (JAG) when he was on active duty. His personal military experience and professional expertise in family law are an indispensable combination for any military personnel facing a divorce. He will put his experience to work on your behalf to preserve your rights and protect your family.
As a former JAG lawyer, family law attorney Disrud understands the issues affecting military service members and will draft your decree correctly the first time. In addition, we can help correct existing decrees.
Call For A Consultation With A Board-Certified Texas Family Law Attorney
A divorce involving a member of the military involves many issues that a civilian divorce does not. It is important to have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney on your side to protect your interests.
We represent U.S. military service members and dependent spouses stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base.
*Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization