Military Divorce Attorney in Panama City Beach
Knowledgeable Legal Representation for Florida Divorce Cases
The divorce process in Florida is always complicated, but if either you or your spouse are members of the U.S. military forces, you can expect to face additional challenges for your divorce proceedings. Because both federal and state laws can apply in military divorce cases, you’ll need an exceptionally skilled family 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 family law firm:
- Over 80 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 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, 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.
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At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we know how overwhelming it can be to face a military divorce on your own. That’s why our divorce lawyers will provide dedicated support throughout the proceedings, and answer any questions that you might have about the federal and state laws.
Begin the first steps towards your future. Contact our team in Panama City Beach today and book a consultation.