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Panama City Beach Military Divorce Attorney
Knowledgeable Legal Representation for Florida Divorce Cases
Divorce is always complicated; but if either you or your spouse are members of the U.S. military forces, then you can expect to face additional challenges for your divorce proceedings. Federal and state laws can both apply in military divorce cases, so you’ll need an exceptionally skilled military divorce lawyer to navigate the difficulties on your behalf.
From helping you determine Tricare healthcare coverage to dividing parental responsibility when one parent is deployed, our Panama City Beach military divorce attorneys can simplify the process for you. No challenge is too daunting for our team at The Virga Law Firm, P.A., and we’re committed to helping you find a fresh start after your military marriage comes to an end.
Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider our law firm for your military divorce:
- Over 100 years of combined legal experience
- Located near Florida military bases
- Responsive, 24/7 service that works around your schedule
- Same-day appointments available
- Included in National Trial Lawyers Top 100
What Makes a Military Divorce Different?
Because members of the military are required to move so frequently, we often find that military divorces are bogged down by jurisdictional disputes. When you can’t agree where to bring the divorce action, our experienced Panama City Beach military divorce lawyers will evaluate your unique circumstances and help you make a decision on the right jurisdiction.
Similar to civilian divorces, military divorces allow for the marriage to end without fault. However, in order to file in Florida family law court, you’ll need to demonstrate that either you or your spouse are Florida residents, or that you have been stationed in Florida for 6 months or more. You may also be able to file out-of-state, as long as you can prove that Florida is still listed as your state of residency.
Dividing Military Benefits in Divorce
Another key difference in military divorce cases has to do with the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA). Under this legislation, if you’ve been married for 10 years or more and your spouse has been on active duty during that time, then you may be able to receive payments from the Department of Defense; however, military retirement and health benefits have more strict requirements. In order to qualify for these benefits, you have to be married for 20 years, with a clear 20-year overlap in your spouse’s time of service.
Schedule Your Consultation – (800) 822-5170
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., our military divorce attorneys know how overwhelming it can be to face a military divorce on your own. That’s why our team will provide dedicated support throughout the proceedings and answer any questions that you might have about the federal and state laws.
Take your first step toward a brighter future. Contact our team in Panama City Beach today and book a consultation regarding your military divorce.
Gerard Virga Founding Attorney
David Lohr Executive Director/Attorney
Chad Self Fort Walton Beach Managing Attorney
Tracie Phillips Orlando Managing Attorney
William West Ritchie Panama City Managing Attorney
Taylor Tippel Panama City Beach Managing Attorney
Andrea Ansley Attorney
Christopher Melendez Attorney
April Hand Operations Manager and Florida Registered Paralegal
Danny Durnbaugh Chief Financial Officer
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