Military members and their spouses who are facing divorce need skilled legal counsel in their corner to guide them through numerous complex legal issues. If you or your spouse are an active military member or retired from the military, you need an experienced military divorce attorney on your side who can guide you through the complex issues that can arise in your case.
If there are children involved in the divorce, there are special issues that need to be considered to protect you in the event that a parent is deployed and living in a different jurisdiction. We can help you develop a parenting plan so that each parent can continue a relationship with the children.
Service of a divorce complaint upon a military member can be challenging if the member is deployed. Military members are protected by the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act which allows for the temporary suspension of legal proceedings and transactions in order to ensure that service persons' civil rights are not prejudiced during their terms of service. This means that the divorce and custody proceedings may be delayed during the period of time that the military member is deployed.
Military retired pay and benefits must be carefully evaluated in a military divorce because these can constitute a major asset of value. In Pennsylvania the military pension is property subject to equitable distribution between the spouses in divorce. Survivor Benefit Plans are negotiable in many of these cases. It is important to have proper protections in place for the non-military spouse who receives a portion of military retired pay and benefits in the divorce.
Calculating support obligations require a though understanding of how military members get paid and what can be considered as income in determining support.
Attorney Mehaffie has helped many military members in divorce cases. She also represents non-military members and provides advice on how to properly protect assets.
For a private meeting to discuss your case please contact the Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie by calling (717) 790-2403.