Just as in civilian life, divorce is a reality for some of the active and retired members of the armed forces in our northwest Florida communities. In addition to the issues common in a standard divorce, military divorces often include unique aspects that must be worked out to reach a final agreement.
From our Pensacola office, the lawyers at Meador & Johnson, P.A. represent military members and their spouses throughout northwest Florida. Past clients have been stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, the Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS) and the Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station (formerly the Center for Information Dominance Corry Station) in Myrtle Grove.
Whether you are active duty, retired or a military spouse, it is critical to talk with an experienced lawyer who can explain the nuances of military divorce law. We can help you resolve the following issues:
Child-related conflicts, including custody, visitation, support calculations and relocation requests
Spousal support or alimony awards
Our attorneys can often reach solutions through negotiation or mediation. However, we are always prepared to go to trial when settlement talks break down.
How Florida And Federal Laws Apply In Military Divorce Cases
Divorces involving military members are governed by state law, but federal legislation does apply to some aspects, such as the timing of divorce proceedings and the division of retirement pay. Service requirements for active military personnel can differ and the divorce process may take longer.
Our attorneys can answer questions about how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act might offer protection if you are worried about being called to active duty or are currently on active duty. This law applies to active duty members of the regular forces, members of the National Guard when serving in an active duty status, members of the reserve called to active duty and members of the Armed Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health and the Coast Guard serving on active duty in support of the armed forces.