Camden County Military Divorce Lawyer
Dedicated New Jersey Military Divorce Lawyer Served on Active Duty
When searching for a divorce lawyer, you want to work with someone you can really talk to — someone who understands your situation. And that can be difficult when you are serving in the United States military. How many lawyers truly understand what military life is like? Attorney Stephen R. Piper does.
Attorney Piper has 23 years of military experience, including deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and South America. He also went through a military divorce while on active duty. And for the past 18 years, The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC has been serving families in Camden County and throughout New Jersey with military divorce, child support, child custody, and other family law matters.
Jurisdiction When Filing for a Military Divorce
The issue of jurisdiction is particularly significant for military service members filing for divorce. Unlike civilians who file for divorce in their state of legal residence, those serving in the military move frequently so jurisdiction is more complicated. Furthermore, determining where to file is an important decision, as jurisdiction has an impact on several elements of a divorce.
The state of New Jersey offers some flexibility in the residency requirement when military service members want to file for a divorce. Military service members and their spouses have three choices when deciding where to file:
- The filing spouse’s state of legal residence
- The military service member’s state of legal residence, or the state in which he or she intends to reside once they are discharged from the military or when they retire
- The state in which the military member is stationed at the time of filing, even if neither the service member nor the spouse is a resident of New Jersey
Service members should consider the state’s laws when deciding where to file for a military divorce. Several aspects of the divorce — division of property, child support, alimony, and child custody — are determined by the state in which the divorce is filed.
Members of the Military Have Protections Against Court Proceedings
Military service members are afforded certain legal protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). This federal law offers servicemembers protection against court proceedings while they are serving their country. This is particularly important with regard to military divorce, because under the SCRA, military service members may not be taken to court for civil proceedings, which includes those for divorce or child support.
Under the terms of the SCRA, military service member may request a stay — a temporary halt — on civil actions brought against them during the time they are serving on active duty, or within the 90 days following a discharge from active duty. The SCRA protects all active duty service members, including reservists, and members of the National Guard.
Former Military Service Member Helps New Jersey Families With Military Family Law Matters
In the course of life, most people find themselves confronting a family law issue at some point in time. Family law matters are very personal and because of that can be particularly difficult to navigate. Military families face additional challenges when addressing family law matters due to their unique circumstances.
For 18 years, The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC has been helping New Jersey military families resolve a wide range of family law matters including the following:
- Military divorce
- High asset divorce
- Legal separation
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Alimony & spousal support
- Division of property
- Grandparent rights
- Domestic violence
- Modification of court orders
As a former military service member who went through a divorce while on active duty, Attorney Piper brings a unique experience and knowledge base to each and every family law situation.
Skilled Attorney With Military Experience And A Military Divorce
When Attorney Stephen R. Piper speaks to military service members about the challenges of divorcing while serving the country, he speaks from experience. Attorney Piper has 23 years of military experience, including seven years of active duty in the United States Navy prior to joining the United States Air Force Reserve. He was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and South America, and flew more than 170 combat missions as a pilot in the H60 and the C130. Attorney Piper also went through a military divorce while on active duty.
In 2006, Attorney Piper began representing fellow veterans in their military divorces. The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC handles all family law matters for military service members and their spouses from every military branch, including the Reserve/National Guard. To arrange for a confidential consultation with Attorney Piper to discuss your military divorce, contact the Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions About Camden County Military Divorce
FAQ: How is child support determined in a military divorce?
Special rules apply to child support orders in a military divorce. The laws of the state in which the divorce is filed provide the guidelines for determining the amount of child support that is ordered. This amount is typically based on the service member’s total entitlements.
Because a military service member’s pay may change based on a base transfer, deployment, or other factors, it is important that you consult with a divorce attorney who is experienced in handling military divorce, so that your attorney can effectively explain these circumstances to the court. The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC has more than 18 years of family law experience and in-depth, first-hand experience with a military divorce, providing skilled representation to military families.
FAQ: Can the court enforce my spousal support obligations?
Yes. The military wants to ensure that a service member’s spousal support and child support obligations are satisfied. As such, the military has specific rules regarding family support, and the court may enforce these obligations by issuing a court order, garnishing wages, or by voluntary or involuntary allotment. In some situations, military service members may be required to maintain life insurance policies that provide coverage of spousal support or child support payments for a set period of time.