Military Divorce

Military divorce is quite different from civilian divorce, for practical reasons. Simply put, being a service member on active duty away from your home, spouse and children, presents its own set of challenges.

If you are the spouse of a service member or a service member yourself, we understand what you’re going through if you’re considering divorce – and we know how to deal with it. We’ve been in practice since 1992 and have handled countless Maryland military divorce cases.

Guiding You Through the Military Divorce Process

Is military divorce different from or the same as civilian divorce? The answer is both. Here’s why:

  • Grounds for divorce — If you’re a service member on active duty, it’s hard enough to be away from your family and children. And it’s equally difficult for the spouse of a service member who is serving overseas. However, this does not change the grounds for military divorce, which are generally the same as civilian divorce.
  • Service requirements — If serving overseas, the law prevents the “stay-at-home” spouse from getting a divorce without the service member’s knowledge or consent. The active duty spouse must be served with papers and can postpone divorce proceedings until his or her return from duty. (The service member may choose to waive his or her rights and get divorced anyway.)
  • Military pension benefits — The pension may be marital property, divided between the service member and the ex-spouse. The service member’s benefits are sent directly to the ex-spouse if they were married more than 10 years. If you were married less than 10 years, you have more control — to the extent of what a court order says — over how the benefits are divided.

Military Divorce Lawyer in Baltimore, Maryland

If you are a current or retired member of the military, then contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. Call 443-709-9999 or send in an e-mail for a free consultation.