Experienced Tampa Military Divorce Lawyer
Protecting Military Families with Effective Representation
Catherine W. Real, P.A. is proud to serve the needs of military families in Florida. There are federal laws pertaining to divorces that involve servicemen and servicewomen. Such laws dictate when a military divorce may occur, when it may be postponed, and how an active member of the military might be served divorce papers.
In a military divorce, division of property is based on the equitable distribution of marital assets. This can be complex, especially when the couple has been separated for long stretches of time. Military retirement benefits are another factor to be considered. These benefits are governed by state law and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act.
What State Do I File a Military Divorce?
It is common for military families to move from state to state. You may have gotten married in one state but are now living in another. So in what state do you file your military divorce? This is an important question because each state's divorce laws are different and can affect the outcome of your divorce agreement.
In most cases, service members or their spouses can choose to file in the state where they hold legal residence or the state where they are currently stationed. To file a military divorce in Florida, you must be a legal resident or be stationed in the state. If you have questions, discuss your options with a knowledgeable Tampa divorce attorney.
Determining Child Support & Alimony in Military Divorces
The child's best interests are the basis for determining child support and alimony in military divorces.
Alimony is based on several elements, including:
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Duration of marriage
- Age, physical and emotional condition of each party
- Financial resources of each party, including marital and non-marital assets
- Liabilities and how they are distributed
- Necessary time to acquire education or training for appropriate employment
- Tax implications
- Contribution of each party to the marriage
Since one parent will typically be spending time away on duty or on a new assignment, it can make visitation challenging. You need a lawyer who understands military divorce laws and how to help you navigate this complex time.
Turn to a Results-Oriented Divorce Firm
Child custody, support, and property division are the main issues of a military divorce. When these issues come into play, a special court will make findings as to a military member's pay and allowances. Catherine W. Real, P.A. can help you to understand your current financial situation and can fight for your rights in a military divorce settlement or court order.
Attorney Real understands that ending any marriage can be a painful and emotional time. Call her Tampa firm today to find out how the can guide you through the divorce process.