Fort Dix Military Divorce Lawyer
Fort Dix Military Divorce Lawyer and Veteran Helps New Jersey Service Members Navigate the Challenges of Military Divorce
No one understands the challenges of military life the way a veteran does. And no one understands how to navigate the complexities of divorce the way a skilled divorce attorney does. Military divorce lawyer and former service member Stephen R. Piper brings both of those qualities to each and every military divorce case.
With 23 years of military experience and more than 18 years practicing family law, The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC in New Jersey has a reputation for excellence. The firm has been helping Fort Dix service members and their families navigate the challenges of military divorce, child support, alimony & spousal support, and other family matters since 2006.
Think About Jurisdiction Before You File for a Military Divorce
When a civilian files for divorce, they simply file in the state where they maintain a legal residence. Not so for military service members. When a military service member is filing for divorce, it is far more challenging.
Military service members move frequently, due to deployment or base transfers, and oftentimes don’t really have a “home” state. New Jersey offers military service members a fair amount of flexibility in satisfying the residency requirement for a military divorce. New Jersey service members and their spouses have three clear options when deciding where to file for a military divorce, including the following:
- They may file for a divorce in the state where the filing spouse lives
- They may file for divorce in the state where the military service member maintains a legal residence, or the state where the service member plans to live after discharge from the military or when they retire
- They may file for divorce in the state where the military service member is stationed, regardless of whether or not the spouse or the service member is a New Jersey resident
The decision regarding where to file for a military divorce should not be taken lightly. All states have their own laws regarding grounds for divorce, child support, division of property, child custody and visitation. When filing for a military divorce, several of these elements are governed by that state’s laws. It is in your best interest to make an informed decision regarding jurisdiction; speak with an experienced military divorce lawyer who will answer your questions and explain the pros and cons of each of your filing options. The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC provides a free consultation to service members and their families.
Federal Law Protects Military Service Members From Civil Action
When you serve in the military, the last thing you need is to be confronting a civil action while you are deployed miles from home. And thanks to federal law, you don’t need to worry about it until you are released from active duty.
The federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) offers military service members protection against civil court filings. Under the SCRA, when a service member has a civil action brought against them, they can ask for a temporary postponement of the action — known as a “stay”. Military service members have protection under the SCRA while they are on active duty through the 90 day period after their release from active duty.
SCRA was designed to prevent service members from facing civil actions when their military service prevents them from appearing to confront the judgment. Child custody orders, divorce filings, and other civil matters that are issued while the military service member is on active duty are protected; the service member simply invokes their legal rights under the terms of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The SCRA applies to all active duty service members, members of the National Guard, and military reservists.
Divorce Lawyer Stephen R. Piper Understands Military Service and A Military Divorce
Divorce lawyer Stephen R. Piper spent more than two decades in military service. During deployment, he experienced a military divorce. And now he combines his 18 years of family law experience with his 23 years of military experience to helping New Jersey service members and their families navigate the challenges and complexities of a military divorce.
The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC has helped hundreds of veterans in Fort Dix, New Jersey with military divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and other family law issues. If you are a military service member located in in Fort Dix, New Jersey and are thinking about filing for divorce, contact The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC to schedule a confidential consultation. Attorney Stephen R. Piper is available to answer your questions regarding military divorce and other family law matters.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Dix Military Divorce
FAQ: My spouse is a military service member; I am not. Do the military’s rules on divorce still apply to me?
Yes. Military divorce is governed by both federal and state laws. All the military laws regarding a military divorce apply to both the military service member and their spouse. Decisions, such as where to file for divorce, are particularly important as other rules pertaining to a military divorce are based on the laws of the state in which the divorce was filed. If you have questions regarding your rights as a civilian who is married to a military service member located in Fort Dix, New Jersey, contact The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC.
FAQ: What is the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act?
The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act is a federal law that provides specific benefits to the former spouses of military service members. Under this law, former spouses may be entitled to portions of the military member’s medical care, retirement pay, and commissary and exchange benefits. The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act grants state courts the authority to divide a military service member’s retired pay between the service member and their spouse; in some circumstances, former spouses may receive a portion of retired pay directly from the government. The Act provides some former spouses access to health care at military treatment facilities as well as access to military exchanges and commissaries. It also grants benefits to some victims of spousal or child abuse.