Annapolis Military Divorce Attorney
Let Our Experienced & Reliable Family Law Firm Help You Couples who
divorce must make a variety of simple and complicated decisions. For military
families, however, various circumstances require the legal assistance
of a skilled family law attorney to ensure that your best interests are
Law Office of Nicholas T. Exarhakis is committed to helping military families file for divorce and guide them
through the intricacies of the proceedings. With
more than 30 years of experience, our Annapolis divorce lawyer is qualified to represent both service members
and non-military spouses effectively. Let us help you get you started
on a fresh, new chapter in life.
Circumstances of a Military Divorce
In Maryland, divorce filings require that you and your spouse must reside
or be stationed in the state. The grounds for a military divorce are the
same as grounds for a civilian divorce.
However, several concerns are different from civilian divorce. For example,
active duty members cannot be held in default due to failure to respond
to a divorce action, which protects them from being divorce without their
knowledge. According to The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, divorce
proceedings can be postponed for the time of military service and for
up to 60 days afterward.
While the Maryland laws for
property division apply to a military divorce, the federal government has enacted laws under
the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) which
determines how military benefits are distributed in the event of a divorce.
However, no benefits will be made unless the non-military spouse was married
at least 10 years or more while the active duty spouse was in the military.
In regards to
spousal maintenance and
child support, each cannot exceed 60% of a military spouse’s pay and allowances.
Call (410) 593-0040 to Get Your Case Started Today
Divorce can be hard, but choosing the right attorney should not be. If
you or your spouse are considering a military divorce in Maryland, let
our Annapolis divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Nicholas T. Exarhakis
help you navigate through the divorce process and handle all of the necessary
paperwork to obtain the most favorable outcome you desire.
and request a free consultation today.