When service members and their spouses divorce, special issues arise related to procedure and substantive rights. To protect yourself, you must consult an attorney with experience in military divorce. At WalshLaw, I have more than 15 years of experience in Tennessee family law cases, including numerous military divorces. I know whatâs at stake for you and your children, and I am determined to protect your rights and secure your future.
If your spouse files for divorce while you are on active duty, itâs easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated and helpless. How can you possibly respond when youâre half a world away? The good news is that you donât have to. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act allows you to:
A judge can grant an additional stay of 90 days at his or her discretion.
No one goes into the U.S. military looking to get rich. However, the armed services do provide many important benefits to service members and their families. But, when a couple divorces, what right does a military spouse have to the benefits the couple previously enjoyed or was going to enjoy later in life? The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act allows state courts to treat military retired pay like property, rather than income, and to divide it as a marital asset according to the stateâs law of equitable distribution. Thus, a court can, at its discretion, order a service member to share retirement pay with an ex-spouse.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service even makes direct retirement payments to military ex-spouses, if they qualify. Eligible spouses must have been married for at least 10 years with at least 10 years of military service during the marriage.
Other special assets to consider in a military divorce are:
Because benefits are so important to military spouses and their children, many military couples negotiate a legal separation and do not finalize their divorce until their eligibility is secured. When you seek my advice for your military divorce, I respond with a candid assessment of your situation and a reliable strategy for achieving your goals.
WalshLaw is proud to serve those who serve our country. When you come to me for military divorce representation, I provide honest counsel and zealous advocacy to protect your rights. To schedule a consultation, call 615-240-7457 or contact my Nashville office online. My office is located at 4535 Harding Pike, just west of White Bridge Pike and Woodmont Boulevard.