You have made sacrifice after sacrifice for all of us. Now, as you face divorce, separation, child custody or other related issues, please let us serve you.
I know that you have questions, and I am here to help you get answers — I even support videoconferencing to better serve my clients who are bravely serving all of us overseas.
Though a military marriage is, on a day-to-day basis, very different in many ways than a civilian marriage, military couples seeking divorce are subject to the same requirements as civilian couples in a similar situation. While the process is very much the same regardless of whether the couple is civilian or military, there are a few extra factors which the latter must address, including but not limited to procedural modifications made necessary because of active duty service or other permanent station overseas.
Servicemembers who are on active duty overseas and have been served divorce papers by their spouse here at home, for instance, are provided protections that are not otherwise available to civilians. Formerly known as the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act and originally signed in 1918 to protect soldiers and sailors fighting in World War I, the law was re-written in 2003 and is now called the “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.” The SCRA provides those who serve our nation with protection in connection with residential leases, automobile leases, installment contracts, and court proceedings — such as those proceedings incidental to divorce.
The SCRA, however, does not allow a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine to simply ignore legal proceedings here at home. Lowcountry Divorce & Family Law is inextricably intertwined with the Lowcountry itself, as well as its military members. You have enough to worry about — I can help make sure that the Court is aware of your particular service situation, and move to delay proceedings if necessary. And, when the time comes to deal with the proceedings head-on, I would be delighted to be in your corner and protect your interests, family, financial and otherwise, just as you protect ours.