Divorce or other family law cases involving military personnel present unique challenges which often require the assistance of a “military divorce lawyer” – an attorney with specialized knowledge of military family law. The term “military divorce” is not a legal one, it is simply a term to describe a divorce that has one or more of the litigants in the military or retired from the military. A good military divorce attorney makes sure that you know what is expected of you and will help you from start to finish so that nothing is overlooked or forgotten.
Colorado Springs family-law attorneys Angela C. Jones and Brandon Prenger can help. They are proud to represent members and spouses of the armed forces and can help guide you through the process. Divorce is already a difficult and painful experience — but if you’re getting a military divorce, it pays to hire an advocate who understands your unique circumstances.
A family lawyer that takes on a military divorce should know the background on marital property in the military, survivor’s benefits plans (SBP), disability and veteran’s payments, deployment time and parenting time, among other guidelines. Commissary benefits and medical benefits may not be applicable if the years of marriage were not substantial enough or the time of service was not long enough during the course of the marriage.
20/20/20 Rule: This rule means that the former spouse was married to a service member for 20 years, the service member had at least 20 years of service, and the marriage lasted for 20 years of that member’s service. In this case, the spouse is entitled to full benefits.
20/20/15 Rule: This rule means that the former spouse was married to a service member for 20 years, that member served at least 20 years, and the marriage lasted for 15 years of their service. In this case, the spouse is not entitled to commissary or full benefits. They are entitled to a year of medical benefits designed to allow them time to find their own healthcare coverage.
Many military families have one spouse active duty and the other spouse home to support the moves, the children and the home during long periods of absence. Navigating this separation is a complex process. At Sanders Law Firm, we will apply our years of experience with military divorce cases to advocate passionately on your behalf.