Navigating Military Divorce: Understanding Your Responsibilities

At LaFrance Family Law, we understand that divorce can be a challenging process, especially for military members and their families. We have extensive experience in military and civilian divorce cases in the Tampa Bay area, and we’re dedicated to providing professional and compassionate support to guide you in understanding the unique responsibilities and considerations that come with military divorce

The Impact of Military Service on Your Divorce

Divorce is a significant life event, and when one or both spouses are active or retired military members, it can introduce additional complexities. Even if both parties agree to part ways amicably, the military status of one spouse can influence how you file for divorce, affecting issues in your case. It’s crucial to be well-informed about the specific rules that apply to military divorces. 

Navigating the Legal Landscape

There are several federal and state laws and military regulations that impact jurisdictional issues in a case that involves a military member. The Federal Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) requires parties seeking divorce to confirm their military status. It mandates the spouse seeking divorce to confirm their partner’s military status. Consent plays a significant role in military divorce. Your spouse’s agreement to the divorce is crucial, and they must sign a defendant affidavit of consent. 

It is important to hire an attorney who understands the intricacies involved in a military divorce case. We’re here to ensure that your divorce proceedings are conducted fairly and efficiently, even if your spouse is unable to attend in person due to their active military service. We will guide you through this process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is completed properly. 

The Role of Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA)

The USFSPA is a key piece of legislation that can impact how your assets are divided, making legal counsel essential. We are well versed in the intricacies of this act and can help you understand eligibility for base privileges, such as commissary and exchange access, health care coverage, and military retirement pay. receiving a portion of your spouse’s military retirement pay requires meeting specific requirements. 

Seeking the Right Help

LaFrance Family Law is more than just your typical Florida military divorce attorney, we’re dedicated partners who come from a military family and truly understand the lifestyle of military members to help navigate the complexities of military divorce. With a compassionate approach and a deep understanding of the intricacies involved, we stand by your side, advocating for your rights and guiding you toward a better future. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us be your unwavering advocate in the Tampa Bay area.