Any divorce is difficult, but when a husband or wife is on active military duty, there are special circumstances in place and special considerations that must be made. A divorce, separation or annulment often ends a civilian spouse’s access to certain military benefits, but may allow her or him to retain others. As an experienced lawyer at Susan E. Murray, I represent service members and military spouses in divorce proceedings. I understand military procedure and lifestyle, as well as the federal and Pennsylvania laws applicable to military divorce. I represent clients in Pennsylvania to guide them through the divorce process and protect their rights.
I understand how hard service members work to create a better future for their loved ones and how difficult it can be to contend with the end of a marriage. If you or your spouse files for divorce, I will provide the legal support and guidance you need through mediation or litigation. I can advise you on issues including:
In addition to providing thorough counsel for the legal aspects of your divorce, Susan E. Murray never forgets the special pressures faced by military members. I take great pride in fulfilling my obligation to assist the men and women who have made sacrifices for us.
Being a military spouse can require you to move your family frequently, to be a single parent for long periods of time, and to miss out on important career and education opportunities. The federal government recognized the sacrifices of military spouses by enacting the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act. Pennsylvania also has its own rules for how military benefits are divided during divorce.
When you and your spouse in the military separate, you are allowed to keep your base privileges and ID card at least until the divorce is final. The benefits available to you afterward will likely depend on the length of your marriage as well as the length of your spouse’s military service. I represent and advise civilian spouses in regard to their rights to alimony, child support, healthcare, the division of marital property, retirement benefits and survivor benefits.
At Susan E. Murray, I am prepared to provide comprehensive support and guidance to service members and military spouses during divorce. Call my Media office at 267-668-3395 or contact me online to schedule a consultation with a military divorce lawyer.