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Coast Guard Divorce Attorneys
Coast Guard families face some specific challenges when dealing with family law
matters or facing a divorce. It is very important to consult with and hire an
attorney committed to helping Coast Guard members and their families meet these
challenges and find solutions that cater to their unique situation.
While it is important to hire an experienced family law attorney, you should also
make sure you're represented by someone who understands the legal and lifestyle
situation of members of the Coast Guard and their families.
Issues to Consider When Hiring a Coast Guard Divorce Lawyer
While there is no magic formula or set of particular qualifications when choosing an
Navy divorce attorney, here are a few characteristics you may want to consider in
the hiring process:
Did the attorney serve in the U.S. Coast Guard?
If they did not serve in the Coast Guard, did they serve in another branch of the
If they did not serve in the military, are they the spouse, child or parent of an
active or retired military member?
How long have they been practicing law and in particular how long have they been
dealing with military related legal issues?
Did they have a legal role while in the military? Did they serve as a legal assistant
or were they a JAG officer?
Some Common Coast Guard Divorce Issues
Issue # 1 - Where do I file?
When a civilian couple decides to separate, the divorce typically is filed in their state
of residence. If one or more spouses are in the Coast Guard, this can be difficult to
determine. For instance, someone may claim his or her home state is California,
but live on a base in Washington. In addition, if one spouse is overseas, judgments
may be withheld until the spouse returns. These are only some of the unique
issues that arise in a Coast Guard divorce.
An experienced military family law attorney understands all the laws and
protections afforded to service men and women, as well as the barriers faced
during the divorce process. They can help to guide clients through a difficult time.
Other Family Law Issues
In addition to military divorce, other family law issues require special attention
when one or both parties serve in the military:
• Alimony (Spousal support)
• Child custody and visitation
• Child support
• Wage Garnishment
• Property division
Pension Issues are one of the more complicated situations. A Coast Guard
pension is an asset and thus is subject to division. However, that pension may
provide the sole source of income during retirement. An experienced military
divorce attorney can help protect your interests in these complicated matters.