Unique issues exist when one or both members of a divorcing couple are on active military duty.  We understand the special considerations involved in a divorce where one or both spouses are in the military.  We represent service members and former military spouses alike, which includes service members living in Alaska, service members currently deployed on Temporary Duty (TDY) in another state, or those who have a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to another state, but who may be able to file for divorce in Alaska. 

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects military personnel from civil legal actions, like divorce.  It is important to understand that any legal actions against a military service member spouse may be placed on hold while the spouse is serving the United States.   Alaska law provides additional benefits and protections to service members who may be deploying and desire to delegate their custody and visitation rights to a family member.
A divorce action will ultimately affect a service member’s obligation to pay family support and the division of the service member’s military retirement, whether it is a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) or a military pension since these accounts are subject to property division.  The length of military service and the years of marriage will determine whether a former military spouse receives lifetime health benefits.  Military status may also play a role in the outcome of a child custody and child support action.  

We understand the unique issues that arise in military divorces and have the hands-on experience needed to handle the legal complexities of a military divorce.
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