Military Divorce  San Diego’s Family Law Experts®

San Diego Military Divorce Lawyer

Serving Camp Pendleton, Del Mar & All of San Diego County

If you or your spouse are in the military and you are seeking a divorce, you need a highly experienced attorney on your side to navigate you through the complex legal process.

At Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC, our highly skilled San Diego military divorce lawyers have extensive experience handling all aspects of military divorce, including child custody and visitation, child support, division of military benefits, and more. We encourage you to contact our firm as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.

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Familiar with the Unique Elements of Military Divorce

There are several aspects of military divorce that differ from civilian divorce. One consideration is the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, which states that proceedings may be postponed for the entire time that a service member is on active duty and for up to 60 days thereafter. The purpose of this law is to protect the service member from any civil obligations while they are on duty, including divorce actions, so that they can focus on serving their country.

There are also residency requirements to consider. The typical military divorce filing requirements are:

  • The service member or their spouse must reside in California
  • The service member or their spouse must be stationed in California

Call (858) 492-7968 today to speak with a military divorce attorney in California.

Division of Military Retirement and Pension

One of the most complex elements of a military divorce is the division of military retirement benefits and pensions. Along with California’s normal property division laws, the federal government created the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection

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 Act (USFSPA), which governs how military retirement benefits are calculated and divided between spouses. A California state court will have jurisdiction to make orders regarding a military pension with the military spouse’s permission or if the military spouse is a legal resident of California.

Many people incorrectly assume under the USFSPA’s 10/10 rule that if they were not married for at least 10 years, the pension is not divisible. This isn’t the case! It is extremely important that you work with a California military divorce attorney who can explain your rights and protect what you are entitled to.

Consult with a Military Divorce Lawyer in California Today

Military divorce is an extremely complex area of the law. If you are considering a California military divorce, contact Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC for the experienced guidance you need to achieve a favorable outcome. Known as San Diego’s Family Law Experts®, we have over 200 years of combined legal experience handling even the most complex cases. We encourage you to contact us to get started with a comprehensive evaluation of your case.

Call us today at (858) 492-7968 to speak with a California military divorce lawyer near you. Serving Camp Pendleton, Del Mar & San Diego County.

Military Divorce FAQ:

Can a spouse still file for divorce if their military spouse is deployed or stationed overseas?

Yes, a spouse can still file for divorce in California even if their military spouse is deployed or stationed overseas. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA) allows state courts to have jurisdiction over military personnel for purposes of divorce and property division, regardless of their physical location. However, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides certain protections for military members, such as a stay of proceedings for up to 90 days, to allow them to respond to the divorce action.

Can a former spouse keep their military ID card after a divorce?

No, a former spouse is not entitled to keep their military ID card after a divorce, unless they meet certain criteria. Generally, military ID cards are issued to dependents of active duty service members and are only valid for the duration of the marriage. After a divorce, the former spouse is no longer considered a dependent and is not entitled to retain the military ID card. However, under certain circumstances, such as if the former spouse is eligible for medical benefits under the Continued Health Care Benefit Program, they may be able to retain their military ID card for a limited time.

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  3. Attentive We respond quickly to clients and ensure they are always informed about their case.
  4. Seasoned Our professionals have more than 200 years of combined family law experience.

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