Pursuing a Military Divorce in Long Island
Unique Concerns in a Nassau County Military Divorce
If you or your spouse is a current or former member of the United States
Armed Forces, the issues involved in ending your marriage will likely
be different than they would be between civilians, and it is advisable
to seek representation from a Long Island divorce lawyer who has experience
helping people in your situation.
Come to The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. for a
free initial consultation. We seek to resolve all types of
family law issues with a minimum of difficulty for the client, and we keep our caseload
small in order to devote the maximum amount of attention and effort to
achieving a favorable result for you.
Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act
The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act makes it possible for
you to claim an ownership stake in your ex-spouse's military benefits
and retirement pay, by classifying such benefits as marital property.
You are not guaranteed any portion of the assets, but New York State applies
the principle of
equitable distribution in divorce, and your attorney will argue for why you deserve to be awarded
your fair share, based on factors such as your contributions to the marriage
and to your spouse's career and your need for support. We also represent
service members who want to protect their benefits from the claims of
a former spouse.
How Does the Divorce Process Work for Service Members in NY?
Active-duty service personnel cannot be held in default for failure to
respond to a
divorce action, so you will likely have to wait until your spouse returns from
service. Likewise, you are protected against the possibility of returning
home from duty to learn that you have been divorced and are subject to
an unfavorable final decree.
When the time comes to initiate the process, it is important to have dedicated
representation to defend your rights, as the outcome of the divorce can
have a major impact on your future stability. The terms of
child support and
custody will likely determine how easily you can put this experience behind you
and move into a new chapter in your life. We will work tirelessly to help
you achieve a settlement which works in your favor.
Contact a Long Island military divorce attorney for a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns and to learn
more about how we can help.