When service members or military spouses seek a divorce, there are special considerations for the process and the substantive law. To fully protect your interests, you must retain an experienced attorney who has handled military divorces. At the Law Office of Judy H. Barganier and Winston W. Edwards, P.C., you get knowledgeable assistance from an accomplished attorney who has helped numerous clients from Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Fort Rucker in Dale County, and other military posts throughout Alabama.
When a military couple divorces in Alabama, the case proceeds under state law, but with deference to specific protections for service members and spouses found in federal law. The first consideration is whether the couple qualifies for an Alabama divorce under the residency requirement. To qualify, at least one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for at least six months. However, if you’ve lived in the state for less than six months, you can still get divorced here if your spouse does not object to the court exercising jurisdiction.
If you previously lived in another state, you may have a choice of where to file for divorce. In that case, you should compare how different states treat divorce. For example, each state has its own child support guidelines. Alabama law also allows courts to consider marital misconduct, such as adultery, when deciding on alimony and division of property, while many other states do not. If you consider yourself a wronged “innocent” spouse, filing for divorce in Alabama might produce a better financial outcome. Our firm has experience in divorces alleging marital misconduct, including adultery, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.
Once you have decided to divorce in Alabama, there are rights and benefits under federal law that you should understand:
When you retain our firm for your military divorce, we provide the compassion, experience, and professionalism necessary to handle your sensitive issues and deliver the best possible outcome.
Military divorce calls for specific knowledge of state and federal law, which many civil divorce attorneys simply do not have. The Law Office of Judy H. Barganier and Winston W. Edwards, P.C. provides experienced counsel for military divorce throughout Alabama. To schedule a consultation, call us at 334-530-5701 or contact our Montgomery office online. We are located at 8314 Crossland Loop, just off Vaughn Road, half a mile east of Taylor Road.