Providing Experienced Divorce Representation To Members Of The Military And Their Families
Any type of divorce puts a strain on the separating parties and their children. This is especially the case when one or both of the spouses are members of the military. If you are in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or National Guard, active duty or not, getting divorce may have an impact on your military benefits as well as many other aspects of your life.
At Benton Family Law, we understand how difficult it can be to make the decision to divorce. Our attorneys and staff are sensitive to the needs of our military divorce clients. Located in Goldsboro, we have handled numerous divorce cases for individuals stationed or living at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, as well as other bases throughout North Carolina.
We rely on our extensive knowledge of the laws that apply to military divorce and other family law cases when working toward a resolution that helps you move forward.
Handling Of All Types Of Military Divorce And Family Law Issues
If you or your spouse is a member of the military, our firm can help. While the military service person is entitled to certain benefits and protections due to their status in the military, their spouse may be entitled to their fair share of the benefits as well. We provide guidance on all issues, including:
- Initiating the divorce and/or a stay according to the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) if one or both parties are on active duty
- Dividing military retirement benefits according to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) and the changes made to this act according to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
- Property division and spousal support
- Custody of children and family relocations
- Financial support for children
- Modifications to existing orders
Why Have A Military Divorce Lawyer?
Many individuals wonder why it is important to have a lawyer who has experience handling military divorces versus a general practice divorce attorney. The laws that apply to military divorces are different and very specific, as well as often changing. Our firm stays on top of these laws, including those detailing the federal guidelines on how military retirement accounts are divided, how child custody is determined, and how the state and federal laws regarding custody for military service members differ.
It is imperative that you have a lawyer on your side whose knowledge of military-specific issues can help ensure your divorce settlement is fair to you and your children’s futures.