Military Divorce Attorney in Portland
Representing Members of the U.S. Armed Forces
Members of the United States Armed Forces cannot obtain a
divorce in the same way as civilians. The process is somewhat more complex and
involves military laws as well as state laws. Whether you are in the military
or are married to a servicemember, whether you are stationed in Oregon
or are deployed overseas, McKinley Irvin can help.
Our attorneys are familiar with both Oregon family law and military family law. We also
know the rights of military members and can ensure that neither spouse
is taken advantage of by the other spouse when one spouse is serving on
active duty overseas.
The Service Members Civil Relief Act
In civilian cases, when someone takes action against another person and
there is no response, or if the other party fails to appear in court,
a default judgment can be entered. Active duty servicemembers are protected
from default judgments while they are serving on active duty. No member
of the military should have to be distracted by legal actions while he
or she is actively serving their country in another state or country.
McKinley Irvin can protect your rights under the
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act if your spouse has filed for a divorce while you are deployed. No action
may be taken against you until after you have returned from active duty.
What Does Military Divorce Involve?
Military divorce involves
property division, alimony,
child support, and
child custody just like civilian divorce; however, the way in which these matters are
handled is different. Military benefits and pensions are subject to laws
such as the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act. Military
members who have served for 20 or more years are entitled to lifetime
retirement benefits. In a divorce, half of the benefits and pension can
be assigned to their spouse of 10 years or more.
Why You Need a Portland Divorce Lawyer
McKinley Irvin knows your rights as either a servicemember or a spouse.
If you are facing a military divorce or child custody matter, we can provide
the knowledgeable counsel and experienced representation that you need
to be successful. A lawyer from our firm will work tirelessly to maximize
your settlement and ensure that you obtain the most favorable court orders.
McKinley Irvin has attorneys on staff who are on the cutting edge of specialized
fields of family law such as military divorce. Whether you are a member
of the military or married to someone who is, one of our experienced Portland
divorce attorneys can help you. We invite you to
contact our firm to schedule a consultation.