Lake Forest Military Divorce Lawyers
Military divorce attorneys servicing Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the rest of Orange County
Active duty military members have enough to worry about. They are charged with keeping our nation safe and put their lives at risk while doing so. Unfortunately, an armed service member may be forced to worry about going through a divorce while they are serving our country. There are special considerations which must be addressed in such cases and special laws must be followed. Our Lake Forest military divorce lawyers handle such matters and provide aggressive representation. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
Military Divorce in California
There are special issues that apply to military divorces.
The case can be filed in various places:
- A matter may be brought in the jurisdiction where the spouse lives, OR
- The place where the military member is stationed, OR
- The place where the military member has claimed legal residency
Furthermore, one's pension may be divided under California’s community property laws through the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA).
There are also the complications added by the fact that one may be deployed at the time which their spouse files for divorce. These are just some of the issues which a military member faces.
A California divorce begins by filing a Petition with the Court. If a member of the armed services has proceedings initiated against them then they are typically able to delay the proceedings for up to sixty days under the Service Members Civil Relief Act. This gives one the ability to do their duty, begin to get their affairs in order and to proceed in an orderly manner. If a settlement cannot be reached the case will conclude at a trial which will be decided by a Judge and not a jury. The Court will issue a final ruling on issues such as property division, spousal support, child custody, and the payment of attorney’s fees. It is important that you hire a lawyer familiar with this process.
Our Lake Forest military divorce lawyers assist those serving in the armed services. We will use your initial consultation to help you understand the issues which will need to be addressed and to explain what you should expect from the process. We will file for any necessary stays of the case and conduct any necessary discovery into your spouse’s finances and fitness to parent. Our firm will ensure that you are prepared for trial and will aggressively represent you before the Court. You are facing a serious situation and we will take it seriously. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Our attorneys service all of Orange County, including Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Lake Forest attorneys providing the highest level of service to military members going through a divorce
We have the greatest respect for those serving in the armed forces. The last thing such a person should have to worry about is the level of service they will receive from their attorney. Our lawyers promptly return phone calls, quickly respond to emails, and make themselves available to answer your questions. This is our promise in each and every case we handle.