Norman Military Divorce Lawyer
Providing Assistance to Service Members in Cleveland County & Surrounding Areas
Married servicemen and servicewomen undergo numerous relationship obstacles that stem from their careers. Long-term deployments and reassignments can put a strain on a marriage. At Redhawk Law, we are honored to provide legal support to military families throughout Oklahoma.
If you are a service member, retired member, or the spouse of a service member, your divorce needs are very different from a civilian’s. It is important to trust a law firm that has experience with the unique situations related to military divorces.
Our lawyer can assist you with the logistics that accompany a military divorce. This includes resolving custody issues while one parent is deployed, filing divorce papers if one spouse is stationed overseas, assisting with military pensions, retirement, insurance, and other benefits.
Legal Services Tailored to Military Divorce
Military divorce requires an understanding of specific situations and how these relate to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act. Here at Redhawk Law, we assist service members with military divorce issues such as:
Pension and retirement division:
- It is not easy to determine how to divide these benefits after a divorce as factors such as the duration of the marriage, how many years the service member served in the military, and where the marriage took place all have an impact.
Child custody and visitation:
- It can be complicated to determine child custody and visitation cases when one partner is a service member who is deployed overseas. Federal law protects the rights of these active members, and our firm can help enforce yours.
- Service members move frequently, so it can be difficult to figure out where you can file for a divorce. Our firm has over a decade of experience assisting military members with their divorce questions and concerns, and we are happy to provide you with the help you need.
The 10/10 and 20/20 Rules
Laws like the 10/10 and 20/20 rule govern military spouse benefits. These rules are as follows:
A former civilian spouse can receive direct payment from the military for retired pay if he/she has been married to a service member for 10 years or while the service member actively performed at least 10 years of creditable service for his/her country.
Former spouses may continue to receive commissary and health care benefits after a divorce in certain circumstances. To qualify for these benefits, the former spouse must show:
- The service member served 20 years or more of creditable service;
- The marriage lasted 20 years or more; and
- The marriage continued for 20 years while the service member was actively serving.
Is a Former Spouse Entitled to Military Retirement Benefits After a Service Member’s Death?
A former civilian spouse is not entitled to retirement after the death of the service member unless there is a provision called the Survivor’s Benefit Plan (SBP). This can be awarded to a current or former spouse. If awarded to a former spouse, this will occur during the divorce process or chosen by the service member at the time of the divorce.
Contact Our Norman Divorce Attorney Today
Many factors can impact a military divorce. Whether you are an active service member or a former service member’s spouse, we can assist you with every step of the process. Safeguarding your future for yourself and your family is important. This understanding is at the core of all that we do at Redhawk Law. Military divorces may seem complex, but they can be successfully resolved with help from the right lawyer.