Military service places an increased level of stress on husbands and wives, particularly when one spouse is stationed out of state or overseas. Despite a couple's best efforts, many of these marriages simply do not work out and divorce becomes a reality. At the Law Offices of Friske & Hilliard, our Orange County attorneys provide personalized service and give each client's case the attention it deserves. We understand the complexities involved in military divorces and are well-equipped to handle even the most difficult situations.
Please contact our office online today to schedule your free initial consultation. You may also call our office directly at (714) 550-7229 to speak with one of our experienced lawyers.Military Family Law and Divorce
Although the military treats all divorces involving active servicemen and women as civil matters, several federal statutes have been enacted to ensure both parties have the opportunity to represent themselves in the proceedings. They include:
Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act: This statute allows an active, on-duty service member to postpone divorce proceedings until his or her service time is complete. An extension of an additional 60 days may be granted at the discretion of the court. This right may be waived by an individual if he or she wishes to proceed with the divorce while stationed elsewhere.
Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act: This law provides guidelines for how military retirement benefits are determined and divided during the divorce proceedings, but only for couples who have been married for at least 10 years.Can This Be Completed Online?
With exceptions, several military divorces can be finalized electronically over the Internet. We will discuss your specific situation and determine what the best course of action is to best serve your needs. If your divorce can be completed over the Internet, all issues that are addressed in a civilian divorce will be included in your final divorce order, including:
- Child custody or visitation arrangements
- Spousal support payments
- Property division, including all marital and retirement assets
- Child support
We invite you to contact our Orange County lawyers online to learn more about our family law services. You may also call (714) 550-7229 to schedule your free initial consultation with a member of our team.