Military Divorce Attorneys in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Military divorce cases and civilian proceedings for dissolution of marriage share many common elements, but there are a few key differences that impact the process. Unlike other cases, there are federal laws that apply when active duty, veterans, and their spouses seek to end their marriage. Of course, Pennsylvania statutes and local rules also govern the proceedings. Considering the complexities, retaining skilled legal representation is critical.

  2. Any divorce can be a complicated and stressful time, but the issues involved can become even more complex if one spouse is an active member of the military. When you or your spouse is a member of the United States Armed Forces, it can affect where you file for divorce as well health coverage, retirement benefits, and the determination of child custody and support.

  3. Due to the proximity of several military installations, such as Fort Dix, we assist many military families with divorce and other family law concerns. At the Law Offices of David T. Garnes, LLC, we have more than more than 20 years of experience helping clients resolve the complications of ending military marriages, and can provide the guidance you need to relieve your concerns.

  4. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has numerous military installations with an estimated 56,000 personnel stationed throughout Pennsylvania. Service members who serve our country and are on active duty face unique legal needs when it comes to family law issues such as divorce, child support, child custody, and division of military pensions. Going through a divorce or separation is never easy— even when it is amicable and for the best. Being thousands of miles away on a deployment or temporary duty can make it even more stressful.

  5. As it happens, federal military law does not set specific requirements for alimony or child support payments from its servicemembers to ex-spouses. Therefore, most alimony and child support decisions made as part of a military divorce decree in a Maryland circuit court will be based on Maryland state laws regarding alimony and child support. (As a reminder, Maryland alimony orders are frequently limited and designed to support the recipient until they “get their feet underneath them,” in a manner of speaking. Once they’re self-supporting – or have been given the chance to be self-supporting – Maryland alimony orders typically terminate.)

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