Wendy Satin Attorneys at Law in Rockville, MD
Divorce is not unique to the world of civilian life. Military members also get divorced, and they can face the same challenges any other spouse might face. However, there are some very specific laws and rules that apply to military divorces that will play immediate roles here. When you find yourself in need of a military divorce attorney in Rockville, MD, contact the law offices of Wendy Satin Law, at 301-762-1000 to discuss your case and how best to proceed.
Understanding Military Divorce Laws
Both civil and military divorces in Maryland have several similarities. However, divorce can be much more complicated when service members are involved, particularly if one spouse is on active duty. There are a number of unique situations that an experienced military divorce attorney can help handle, including:
- Active Duty – If a spouse is on active duty, the divorce could be postponed for the entire tour and an additional 60 days, according to the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act. However, an active duty spouse can waive this right. If the right is waived, the divorce can proceed even if they are on active duty (uncontested divorce).
- Residency – Either you or your spouse must be a legal resident of the state of Maryland, and one of you must also be stationed in the state through the US military.
- Property Division Rules – Unlike civilian retirement plans, a spouse’s military retirement funds can only be divided if the couple were married for 10 years or more. Additionally, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act is also in play with property division.
Wendy Satin Law has experience handling all types of military divorces in Rockville, MD and throughout the rest of the state.
Grounds for Military Divorce in Maryland
While there are many differences between a civilian divorce and a military divorce in Montgomery County, Maryland, the grounds for divorce remain the same. Wendy Satin Law has represented clients on all grounds for divorce in the state, including:
- Criminal incarceration
- Cruel treatment
- Felony conviction
- Voluntary separation
Considerations for Child Support in a Military Divorce in Maryland
Another difference between a civilian divorce and a military divorce, and another reason you need to hire an experienced military divorce attorney in Rockville, MD, is the area of child support. The differences are not as striking as with the waiting period for spousal notification before filing for divorce, but they are important to understand. In a military divorce, the law prohibits paying more than 60% of base pay and allowances in child support. Alimony is included in that percentage.
Call a Montgomery County, MD Military Divorce Attorney Today
When you’re facing a military divorce, you need experience and expertise on your side. Contact the law offices of Wendy Satin for help and guidance through this difficult time in your life. Call us at 301-762-1000.