Active duty and reserve military servicemembers and their spouses face unique relationship challenges that could strain the bonds of any marriage. While all relationships cycle through phases of highs and lows, spouses in military marriages also have to endure general secrecy, long tours of duty, and various anxieties about the future. For some couples, divorce is the best and only solution to their marital troubles.
At DiPietro Law Group, PLLC, we understand the challenges of both a military marriage and a military divorce. With over 40 years of collective experience, our military divorce attorneys in Washington, D.C. can effectively guide you through each step of this complicated legal process.
Call our Washington, D.C. military divorce lawyers at (202) 902-9587 to discuss any legal concerns you have regarding your military divorce.
The Challenges of a Military Divorce
Each family has unique relationship dynamics and financial circumstances that need to be thoroughly assessed before a divorce can be finalized. Like its civilian counterpart, a military divorce needs to address debt allocation, asset and property division, support payment options, and child custody. However, military divorces often have additional factors that also need to be settled before spouses can part ways. For this reason, it’s essential for spouses to retain skilled and knowledgeable legal representation.
At DiPietro Law Group, PLLC, we can handle any legal concerns regarding:
- Serving papers to an active duty spouse
- Filing and residency requirements
- Spousal Support
- Child support
- Child custody
- Asset and property division
- Division of military retirement benefits
- Basic allowance for housing (BAH)
- Basic allowance for subsistence (BAS)
- Healthcare coverage
To file for divorce in Washington, D.C., one spouse must be a resident or stationed within the state for at least 6 months. If a spouse is deployed overseas, the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) can represent their interests and possibly delay proceedings. However, it’s important to note that SSCRA does not protect servicemembers from paying spousal support; in fact, the military has very specific rules regarding financial support obligations.
Spousal Support and Child Support Obligations
Military personnel are required to comply with court-ordered support payments even if they are deployed overseas. When servicemembers fail to provide support to their families, they may face administrative discharge proceedings and wage garnishment. Each branch of the United States military has unique regulations regarding temporary alimony payments so long as a court order has not been implemented.
However, the intent of alimony and child support is not to force one spouse to experience significant financial burden. Modifications can be requested after a court order has been implemented.
Determining child custody and visitation time can be difficult when one parent is in the military. A child custody agreement ensures that both parents have time to develop and maintain healthy relationships with their children. However, any parenting plan is ultimately developed and designed to prioritize the needs of the child in question. For this reason, provisions and accommodations are often included in a child custody agreement to account for an unpredictable military schedule. We can guide you in developing a thorough and fair child custody agreement that ensures each parent can spend time with their child.
Schedule a Consultation
At DiPietro Law Group, PLLC, our lawyers are experienced in various aspects of family and divorce law. We have helped many couples finalize military divorces and start new and positive chapters in their lives. During your consultation, our Washington, D.C. military divorce attorneys can explain your options and plan a strategy that reflects your legal objectives. We understand how complicated divorce can be, particularly for military personnel and their families. Our goal is to make this process as straightforward and comprehensive as possible.
Call DiPietro Law Group, PLLC at (202) 902-9587 to schedule a consultation.