A military divorce presents many of the same issues as a civilian divorce. In several significant ways however, a divorce involving a member of the armed forces is very different from the one which involves two civilians.
DIVORCE LAW FIRM PROVIDING DIVORCE SERVICES TO MILITARY FAMILIES
At the firm of Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., we understand the unique legal issues which affect military divorces. Whether you are an active or retired member of the armed forces or the spouse of one, we will act assertively to protect your rights and achieve your goals.
Contact us online or call 215-752-6200 toll-free to arrange for a free general & confidential consultation. Our firm represents clients in military divorce matters living in Pennsylvania, other states and overseas.
THE SERVICE MEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF ACT
Under this law, lawsuits against active duty military personnel can be postponed during the active duty period and for up to 60 days after the end of the active duty period. This includes divorce cases. If the service member wishes the divorce to proceed however, the service member can petition the court to go ahead with the divorce.
A lawyer at Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., can discuss your situation and the best way to proceed in your case.
PROPERTY DIVISION AND MILITARY DIVORCE
In a military divorce in Pennsylvania, division of property is subject to the laws of the state, with one notable exception. Division of military pensions is subject to the federal Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) which in fact allows the court to apply Pennsylvania law in the division of a divorcing service member’s disposable pension pay, subject to some restrictions. The spouse of the service member may be entitled to health care benefits as well.
Property division in a military divorce can be highly complex. Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., will work diligently to protect your rights to the fullest degree.
CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION CONCERNS
Another potentially contentious aspect of military divorce is child custody and visitation. Our attorneys have extensive experience in cases involving parental relocations and will represent you with energy and conviction.