Military Divorce

The Law Offices of James O. Bass, P.C., provides personalized representation for those who serve our country in the military and their spouses. Divorce is a life-changing chapter in the lives of not only husbands and wives, but also their children. The process is rife with emotionally charged and legally complex issues that require the help of compassionate divorce lawyers.

Helping Military Families In Family Law Issues Throughout Georgia

Members of the armed services and their spouses face complexities in divorce that require sound legal counsel. If one spouse is serving abroad, for example, it can affect issues involving child custody. Returning service members may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or have difficulty finding employment upon being released. These issues can play a role in support and other legal issues related to divorce.

We are experienced in the following areas of military divorce:

Protection For Military Personnel Under The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protects military members from all lawsuits, including divorce proceedings. SCRA exists so military members can focus their energies on defending the nation. Proceedings can be delayed by a court for up to 60 days following active duty. Even the serving of divorce papers will necessitate the spouse returning from service or deployment.

Complex Property Division That Involves Military Pensions And Benefits

Military pensions, as part of property division, are governed by the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act. Upon court approval, the USFSPA authorizes direct payment of a portion of military retirees' pay to former spouses. They can also become eligible for medical commissary and exchange privileges if the following applies:

  • The marriage lasted 20 years
  • The spouse in the military performed at least 20 years of service
  • An overlap of 20 years exists in the marriage and military service

It is important to note that remarriage terminates the benefits.

Family law attorney Jim Bass will remain at your side and strive to make the legal process smooth. We minimize the impact a military divorce can have on you and your family. Our legal team will protect your rights while looking out for the best interests of your children.

For an initial consultation with one of our Cherokee County divorce attorneys, contact Law Offices of James O. Bass, P.C., toll free at 770-628-1136 or fill out our contact form. We welcome the opportunity to serve you in any way we can.