DIVORCE & THE MILITARY
MARYLAND MILITARY DIVORCE ATTORNEY
Divorce is always a very complicated and emotional situation for anyone who has to deal with it.
When a couple decides to end their marriage and one spouse is serving in the military, divorce tends to get even more complicated. Make sure to contact an experienced attorney to help you calculate child support, determine child custody, divide retirement benefits and figure out the other complications.
In regards to child support, the military has regulations establishing interim child support guidelines and each branch of the service has different child support guidelines. Courts will look at BAH, separate ration, hazard pay, special pay, combat pay, bonuses and GI benefits when calculating support. If you are not currently paying support there may be regulations that mandate support of your family based upon your gross pay and which branch of the military you are associated with.
In regards to custody, you want to make sure you include language in your agreement that will allow you to see your child for a specific amount of time each week or month depending on your military schedule. In certain situations a Family Care Plan will be required for military families and this is designed to specify provisions for leave and vacations, provisions for surrogate visitation during deployment, methods of communication during deployment, provisions for your return and provisions for an out-of-area transfer. When filing for divorce in the state of Maryland you have to make sure your court has jurisdiction.
You must file in the state where your spouse is domiciled, where the military spouse is a resident, or where you and your spouse agree. Domicile is defined as your permanent home. You can keep a domicile even while not living there if you intend to return and permanently live there. Some indications of your domicile include: the address you use on your federal tax return where you own a home, where your immediately family live, where you register your car, where you register to vote, or the residence you declare in documents such as a will or insurance policy.
If you are stationed overseas or married to someone who is, you can still file in the U.S. Make sure to call an experienced Maryland military divorce attorney for help.
CONTACT MARYLAND MILITARY DIVORCE ATTORNEY FOR HELP
The Burton Law Firm understands how divorce can affect you and your family’s life indefinitely. Having years of experience handling all types of divorce cases throughout the state of Maryland, you can trust us to handle your case with care. Give us a call at (301) 420-5540 to speak with a Maryland military divorce attorney at The Burton Firm.
THE OUTCOME OF YOUR CASE MATTERS TO US
Contact our office as soon as possible so our team of divorce attorneys can properly evaluate your case and protect your rights.