Throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area, The Maroto Law Group has represented service members and their families regarding family law issues they often face, including child support, spousal support, custody, and divorce. Not uncommonly, serious complexities may be involved in cases in which either party is an active duty service member. In addition to the typical aspects of a divorce or family law matter that must be discussed, additional challenges will apply due to one party's involvement in the armed services.
At The Maroto Law Group we have direct experience with these issues and know how to help you resolve them. We are devoted to providing experienced and knowledgeable representation to couples whose cases are affected and influenced by military service. We can explain the specific laws that apply to your particular situation and how those laws will apply to and interact with your particular branch of service, including:
Call one of our attorneys at your earliest convenience for further guidance, and let us help you through the complexities of your case
Protection For Service Members
Under the Service members' Civil Relief Act, certain civil lawsuits cannot proceed during a specific amount of time when the individual is deployed; however, a service member does not need to be deployed to avail himself or herself of the Civil Relief Act. Within the family law context, military regulations still apply. Service members are required to provide support for their dependents regardless of their deployment status.
If you are a service member or the spouse of a service member facing a divorce or other family law matter, you should also gain an understanding of the Uniform Services Former Spouse Protection Act, which addresses a military spouse's continuing eligibility for commissary, exchange and health care benefits, as well as his or her eligibility for a portion of the service member's military retirement.
This act also allows state courts to treat military retirement benefits just as it would treat civilian retirement benefits and divide those benefits between the parties upon divorce. As a result of the additional federal laws and military regulations that affect the legal cases of service members and their families, it becomes even more important to obtain legal assistance during these types of cases.