When one or both spouses in a divorce situation are service members or are in the military, matters can complicate. Being a service member can impact issues such as child custody, child support and division of assets — particularly military pensions. What is often at issue is proper jurisdiction. With one spouse living in one state and another potentially internationally, the divorce can be complicated.
That is why it is imperative to have an experienced divorce and family law attorney like Marla Zide on your side. At the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC, our lawyers have over a decade of experience. Furthermore, attorney Zide provides dedicated and thorough military divorce representations for clients in the Fort Meade area. With an office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, she can help you with all of your military divorce needs.
For effective, efficient and compassionate military divorce counsel, call 443-557-4153. Schedule your initial appointment at your earliest convenience.
Our family law attorneys understand that this is a stressful and emotional time for you. Let our law firm help you by giving you the catered and professional legal services you deserve.
Military Divorce Issues And Relevant Bodies Of Law
Just like with any other type of divorce, all issues must be resolved between the parties before the divorce decree is finalized by a judge. Whether parties come to this agreement through amicable routes such as negotiation and mediation or through more contentious means such as litigation, our attorneys have the skills and experience to aggressively represent you. From child support and child custody arrangements to spousal support and property division, the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC, provides service members with comprehensive military divorce counsel.
One of the most important issues a military divorce lawyer must resolve is the issue of jurisdiction. If proper jurisdiction is not established, a decision granted by a judge could be deemed invalid. You need a divorce lawyer who understands these issues and can guide you correctly from the beginning.
In general, the divorce should be filed in the state where the parties reside. However, in a military divorce it is not uncommon for one party to claim residence in a state or a country different than the other. Our lawyers will help argue for the proper jurisdiction and one that is in your favor.
Other bodies of law that are relevant to a military divorce include:
- Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): This provides relief in specific situations where an active-duty service member is allowed to place a stay on the divorce proceedings until he or she is no longer in active duty.
- Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA): This law is relevant to military pension issues for military spouses. It can be very complicated when determining how marital assets and liabilities are divided.
As you can see, military divorce requires an attorney who understands relevant law that is particular to service members and divorce, and has extensive family law experience. Marla Zide can provide just that and more.
Talk With Our Lawyers Today
For more information about our divorce attorney Marla Zide and how she can help you with your military divorce in the Fort Meade area, call 443-557-4153 or contact us online today. She can talk with you about the specifics of your military divorce case.