South Florida Military Divorce Lawyer - Steven A. Mason
phone (954) 963-5900
fax      (954) 985-9811
www.stevenmasonpa.com

Retired Army judge advocate Steven A. Mason represents the military family
throughout South Florida including Miami, Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale.

Marriage to a member of the armed services can be difficult. Sometimes,
when a spouse returns from deployment, the marriage partners discover
they have grown apart and have little in common. The non-military spouse
may try hard to make the marriage work, but the spouse in the military is
deployed so often that he or she spends more time away from home than
at home. This may not be what the civilian spouse expected from a marriage,
and this spouse may want a chance to move on with their life.

In these situations, a military divorce presents unique issues not found in an ordinary divorce. Unlike a civilian
divorce, a military divorce is subject to a host of federal laws. These laws -- the Servicemembers Civil Relief
Act, Uniform Services Former Spouses Protection Act, and Survivor's Benefit Plan -- entitle the former
spouses of members of the armed services to receive death benefits and the division of military pension
benefits.  I understand these laws and am familiar with their requirements and entitlements.

If you're considering leaving your military spouse or if you're a member of the armed services who wants to
divorce your civilian spouse, you may contact me before beginning any divorce action.

I have extensive experience representing military personnel and spouses of military personnel, active and
retired, active duty and reserve, in military divorce actions. I have advised numerous service men and women
stationed at the Southern Command in Miami on military divorce matters such as:

  • Division of military pensions
  • Continuation of pension benefits after the service member dies
  • Time sharing to accommodate military life


Certification/Specialties
Family and Circuit Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator, Florida Supreme Court Certified
Community Association Mediator

Bar Admissions
Florida, 1975
Pennsylvania, 1970
New Jersey, 1974
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1974
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1971
U.S. Supreme Court, 1978

Education
Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1970 J.D.

Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA, June, 2005 M.S.
Major: Conflict Analysis/Dispute Resolution

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1967B.A.
Honors: With Honors
Major: Psychology


Representative Cases
Florida Discount Properties, Inc. v. Windermere Condominium, Inc., 763 So. 2d 1085 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000)
Alston v. Alston, 960 So. 2d 879 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)

Representative Clients
Broward Community College
First Citizens Bank & Trust
Broward Condominium and Cooperative Association, Inc.
Hub Cap Heaven, Inc.
Hans Pade Grundstucks, GmbH
Dental Centers of America, P.A.

References
First Citizens Bank & Trust
Koch, Reiss & Co., CPA
Broward Condominium and Cooperative Association, Inc.

Professional Associations and Memberships
The Florida Bar Association Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association Member (inactive)

Broward County Bar Association Member

Association of S. Florida Mediators and Arbitrators Past President

Collaborative Lawyers of South Florida
Member

Past Employment Positions
JAGC, U.S. Army Active Duty, Capt., 1971 - 1975
JAGC, U.S. Army Active Duty, mobilized for Desert Shiled-Storm, 1990-1991
JAGC, U.S. Army Reserve, Lt. Colonel, 1975-1995 (retired)

Languages
German

Fraternities/Sororities
Tau Epsilon Phi
Delta Phi Alpha
Psi Chi
Birth Information
September 2, 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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