Proud To Guide Military Members Through Sensitive Matters

We have many military members living in northern Virginia, which is home to the U.S. Army base Fort Belvoir. We take pride in the veterans and their families who, in some cases, have sacrificed a routine life experienced by many suburban families. But like other marriages, military marriages may lead to divorce. The stress and difficulties of constant moves and deployments may add additional strains on a marriage, leading to frayed relationships.

We can provide you with the personal attention you need in such trying times. Our experienced attorneys at Madigan and Scott, Inc., in Springfield understand family law matters. We are sensitive and devoted to every unique divorce or separation.

Issues That Arise In Military And Nonmilitary Divorces

Many of the same issues that surface in nonmilitary divorces also apply in a military divorce. They may include:

  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Alimony
  • Division of property
  • Division of debt
  • Insurance
  • Taxes

Though some challenges of military divorce are not unique, we have the context of working with military members' unique situations and therefore can better understand your concerns and questions.

    Special Rules Toward Alimony, Child Support And Military Pensions

    There are certain matters unique to the world of military divorce in which special rules apply. For example, active duty will typically protect military members from divorce filings.

    Under federal law, divorce proceedings cannot begin against U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who are on active duty or for 60 days following active duty. Special rules also govern alimony and child support in order to make sure that a service member maintains family support requirements well past a divorce.

    Military pensions and benefits represent another financial matter specific to service members.
    Similar to civilian retirement accounts such as IRAs and 401(k) plans, military pensions, too, are subject to being divvied up by divorcing spouses. In specific cases, former spouses of military members are eligible for full medical benefits. However, they must meet specific criteria.

    Contact Madigan And Scott, Inc., For A Consultation

    Our lawyers have more than 30 years' experience representing the residents of northern Virginia. We know and live in the community. Our devotion to our clients during difficult personal times remains one of our best attributes.

    Contact us online or call us at 703-455-1800 if you need top-notch representation.