McGuire Airforce Base Military Divorce Lawyer
McGuire Airforce Base Military Veteran And Divorce Attorney Advocates on Behalf of Military Service Members
When you serve in the military, you share a unique bond with other service members. It was a military experience — and a military divorce — that led Attorney Stephen R. Piper to begin helping veterans after his second deployment to Iraq ended in 2006. Since then, The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC has represented hundreds of military members and their families – including those located at the McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey – protecting the rights of service members from every branch of the military, and advocating on their behalf.
Where You File For A Military Divorce Matters
When you are filing for a military divorce, the decision regarding where to file is an important one. Unlike civilians, whose only option for filing for divorce is to file in their state of legal residence, New Jersey military service members have three choices.
New Jersey allows service members these options for filing for a military divorce:
- File in the state where the filing spouse lives
- File in the state where the military service member maintains a legal residence, or the state in which the military service member intends to live once they are discharged from the military or upon retirement
- File in the state that the military service member is stationed. New Jersey allows this option regardless of whether the military service member or their spouse is a resident of New Jersey
The subject of jurisdiction and where to file for a military divorce raises many questions. The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC is available to answer your questions and discuss your legal options for filing.
Service Members Cannot Face Civil Action While On Active Duty
When a service member is on active duty, they are protected from civil action under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). This federal law offers military service members protection against civil court filings, allowing them to request a temporary halt — also known as a “stay” — of the action. When a service member is deployed, they cannot appear in court to face a judgement and this alleviates that legal burden.
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ensures that military service members can legally postpone any court orders, such as those for child custody & visitation, child support, and divorce. The SCRA provides legal protection for all active duty service members, members of the National Guard, and military reservists. If you are located at the McGuire Airforce Base in New Jersey and have questions regarding your rights under the SCRA, contact The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC.
Hire An Attorney Who Truly Understands the Challenges Of A Military Divorce
Only those who have gone through a divorce really understand the challenges inherent in the divorce process, from the emotional rollercoaster to the practical questions surrounding child custody decisions. When you are filing for a military divorce, it is all the more critical that you are represented by someone who is not only a skilled attorney, but also someone who understands military life. Divorce attorney Stephen R. Piper checks both of those boxes.
Attorney Piper is a veteran with 23 years of military experience and a man who went through a military divorce during a deployment. The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC has been representing military veterans located in the McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey since 2006.
With unbridled dedication, compassion, and a desire to help those who are serving our country, Attorney Piper counsels New Jersey military service members on a broad range of family law matters including military divorce, alimony & spousal support, child support, child custody, and more. If you are located at the McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and have questions regarding a military divorce, how to decide where to file for divorce, what happens to child custody when you are deployed, and other family law concerns, contact The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC to schedule a complimentary, confidential consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About McGuire Airforce Base Military Divorce
FAQ: Is filing for a military divorce that different from filing for a regular divorce?
Yes. Filing for a military divorce is different from filing for a civilian divorce. There are several reasons for that. Military divorces are subject to two sets of laws — federal laws and state laws. Because of those overlapping rules, the military divorce process can quickly become complicated and confusing. Deciding where to file for divorce — military service members in New Jersey have several options — and the impact of jurisdiction on child support and spousal support are just some of the differences. Military service members face deployments that can have a significant impact on child custody orders, and the military has certain rules regarding fulfilling family support obligations. These are only some of the unique elements of a military divorce and that is why it is particularly important to hire a divorce attorney who has experience with military divorce. Military divorce lawyer Stephen R. Piper at The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC in New Jersey has 23 years of military experience, 18 years of family law experience, and a track record of successfully representing hundreds of service members, including those located at the McGuire Airforce Base in New Jersey.
FAQ: I am going to be deployed. What happens to my child custody order?
Child custody can be particularly concerning for military service members who move frequently due to deployment or base transfers. Military divorce is subject to both federal and state laws and the subject of child custody falls under state laws. So, the impact of a deployment on your child custody order depends upon the state in which you have filed for your military divorce. In some states, the child custody orders are unaffected by deployment. In other states, the military service member may be required to formally request permission to relocate with their child. Because these laws vary so significantly from state to state, it is best to consult with an experienced military divorce lawyer. The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC, has extensive experience handling military divorce and other family matters.