Divorce in the Military

Ask any family has a member serving in the military and they would tell you about the great sacrifices these men and women undergo in order to protect and serve the best interests of their country and its allies. One such sacrifice is to be separated for very long periods of time from their spouses and children.

Sadly, however, this long separation also wreaks its toll upon those who are left behind. Some of the problems that may affect military families include inadequate financial support, the burden of playing both father and mother to a child (in the absence of the spouse), and even cases of infidelity and/or the birth of an illegitimate child from an illicit affair. In these cases, either spouse can go to court and file for Military Divorce.

Like other cases of legal separation, Military Divorce encompasses the issues of debt and property division, alimony, child custody and child support. However, because of the unique military lifestyle, other factors that need to be considered are medical benefits, military base privileges, and military retirement benefits. Because U.S. Servicemen are often overseas and thus unable to deal personally with the proceedings of military divorce, he or she must find a good legal counsel who can represent his or her interests in court.

One such law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, namely Gillespie, Shields & Durrant, has among its legal experts a former Active Duty JAG officer who is well-versed in the applications of the various provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and other laws governing military divorce. Because the firm maintains open lines of communication 24/7, clients can contact their attorneys anytime through phone, fax or email even if they are stationed overseas. In the same way, their attorneys can contact them and offer advice and provide updates on the legal proceedings.

If you are a U.S. serviceman serving in bases in Arizona or are a resident of the state but deployed overseas and have been served a divorce notice, it is highly recommended to seek out the exemplary services of Gillespie, Shields & Durrant. To learn more about the firm and the legal services they provide, check out their Phoenix, AZ Profile on Lawyers.com.

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