Service members and their spouses face many of the same issues as other couples when separating, but there are also unique factors that impact their rights that must be handled carefully.
Military divorces can be impacted by both federal and state laws. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) are the two most important federal laws regarding military divorce. Those laws apply to couples where one or both are currently serving or have retired. For a divorce of a service member to occur in Virginia, specific conditions regarding residency must be met. Our attorneys can help guide you through the complicated and intertwined legal and jurisdictional processes.
We can also help you with related issues including child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and equitable distribution. Understanding valuation of assets, including military pension and retirement benefits is critical to ensure equitable distribution of marital property.
If you or your spouse is in the military and you are going through the unfortunate event of divorce or separation, contact Kelly & Crandall today. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you.