If you or your spouse are a member of the military and you are seeking a divorce in Florida, the need for a divorce lawyer who specializes in military divorces cannot be overstated. While civilian divorces in Florida can be complicated, military divorces can be governed by complex state, federal, and international laws that require a special knowledge of military life and pertinent legislation.
Although military divorces differ significantly from civilian divorces in many ways, here are some of the key differences:
There are also significant differences when it comes to determining and dividing a servicemember’s income, assets, and benefits. For example, because some portions of a servicemember’s earnings are taxable income while others are non-taxable allowances, there can be considerable disagreement as to what the spouse’s “income” is for purposes of child support and alimony. Further, the military has its own guidelines for determining family support. Additionally, legislation such as the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) has specific guidelines on dividing military pensions while special rules apply to health care and survivor benefits.
At Makofka & Makofka, we understand the complexity of military divorces and have the unique knowledge it takes to ensure that our clients’ rights, assets, and benefits are protected. If you or a loved one is a servicemember seeking a divorce in Florida, contact the experienced military divorce professionals at Makofka & Makofka today for your free consultation.