California divorce laws are complicated, but divorcing couples who are involved with the military have another set of complex laws that apply. “Military divorce” is not a legal term in the context of the law, but a term used to describe a divorce where one of the spouses is a military service member. This spouse could be active duty or retired, or in the reserve or guard.
Divorces for Military Couples
When filing for divorce in California, military divorces are not exempt from the same civilian requirements. Military couples experience the same process, but they will have other issues to address that may extend the length of the divorcing process. For example, if one of the spouses is on an active duty assignment or at a permanent station overseas, the couple could face a delay in their divorce.
Military divorce lawyers at The Edmunds Law Firm help service couples understand the basic divorce process and how their military service affects it. In addition to California divorce laws, federal laws will affect settlement agreements when it comes to military retirement payments.
Special Laws in Military Divorce
There is a complicated federal legislation called the United States Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA). This law dictates that military retirement is marital property. It grants every state individual control when determining the amount of this marital property to be distributed. There are other classifications that the USFSPA follows, like the 20/20/20 and the 20/20/15 former spouse designations. Couples easily get confused when learning these terms and understanding how they apply. The Edmunds Law Firm will take the time to explain these terms, conditions, and how they apply to your specific case.
Finding a Military Divorce Attorney in California
California military divorce lawyers are hard to find, but The Edmunds Law Firm makes it easy for service couples to connect with attorneys experienced in state and federal laws. Finding a military divorce lawyer is just the first step in the California divorce process, but it’s a necessary one for couples divorcing in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or any other military or federal service.
If you find yourself faced with military divorce in California and need professional, compassionate advice on how to handle this difficult time, please call The Edmunds Law Firm at (760) 634-7630, or fill out the contact form on our website. We have over 33 years of experience handling a variety of complicated divorce cases nationwide.