Annapolis Military Divorce Attorney
Providing Special Care for Special Cases
In Maryland, there are certain statutes that apply to all divorces, such as:
- The need for legal grounds for divorce
- Marital property being divided equitably, not equally
- Child and spousal support being offered when necessary
However, when one or both spouses involved in a divorce are in the military, there is an additional set of rules and guidelines that must be followed. The Law Office of Patrick Crawford has over 15 years of experience in handling military divorces. Our Annapolis military divorce attorneys have a firm grasp on the pertinent laws and can ensure your divorce follows both state and federal procedures.
To discuss your case with an experienced military divorce attorney, schedule a low-cost consultation at (410) 656-6227.
Basics of Military Divorce
Maryland is an equitable distribution state, meaning your marital property will be divided as the court deems fit and not necessarily into two equal halves. If your marriage was 10 years or longer, the pension of the service member will be counted as a marital asset and will be included in this distribution. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) is the law that determines when a portion of a military member’s retiree pay goes to the former spouse.
What Sets Military Divorce Apart
One of the main differences with military divorce is that a military member has the option to postpone the proceedings until he or she is no longer on active duty. However, they can waive this right if they choose and allow the divorce to advance. Another measure taken to ensure a military member is not divorced without realizing what is happening is that the divorce papers must be served in person rather than being mailed.
Maryland has several laws in place that specifically address child and spousal support for military members. The support the military member must award to his or her spouse and children cannot exceed 60% of the pay and allowances received. Aside from the Air Force, every branch of government has its own rules on how much support must be given.
Experienced Counsel to Represent Your Best Interests
When handled competently, military divorces can proceed as straightforwardly as a civilian divorce. The Annapolis military divorce attorneys at The Law Office of Patrick Crawford have successfully handled a fair number of military divorces. We are so grateful for your service and want to do what we can to make this process as painless and streamlined as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you. Call (410) 656-6227 today.