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Military Divorce Attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida

Going through a divorce is tough. It gets even harder if one or both spouses are in the military. 

As an experienced divorce attorney, I understand the unique issues that come with military divorces, and I’m here to help you every step of the way. I work hard to achieve the best outcome for you and your family. 

But before we partner up, there are a few things I’d like you to know about the divorce process for military personnel. 

Understanding Military Divorce

The first thing you need to understand is that military divorces have special considerations that civilian divorces don’t. Things like where to file and how to split military benefits can be very complicated.  

One major aspect of a military divorce is the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which can delay court proceedings for active-duty members. Also, splitting military pensions requires knowledge of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA).  

Child custody agreements can also be more challenging due to deployments and relocations. As your advocate and legal ally, I will guide you through these processes, fulfilling all legal requirements and protecting your rights. 

Military Divorces: Key Areas of Focus

Here are a few financial, legal, and logistical challenges that arise in military divorces: 

Jurisdictional Challenges

Deciding where to file is a major issue in military divorces. Military families move a lot, so it can be hard to pick the right place. I will help you find the correct location to file based on your situation. 

Division of Military Benefits

Splitting military benefits like retirement pay, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and health care needs knowledge of military rules and federal laws. I make sure these benefits are shared fairly and legally. 

Child Custody and Support

Deployments and moves can make custody tricky. I create plans that work with military life and focus on the children's best interests. 

Spousal Support and Alimony

Military spouses might get spousal support or alimony. This depends on the length of the marriage, among other factors. I work to get fair support for military spouses. 

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Laws Related to Military Divorce in Florida 

In Florida, military divorces must follow state and federal laws. Here are some key laws you should be familiar with: 

Residency Requirements 

To file for divorce in Florida, one spouse must have lived in the state for six months before filing. For military personnel, this requirement can be met if the service member is stationed in Florida or calls Florida their home state. 

Service of Process 

Serving divorce papers to a deployed military member can be tough. Florida law offers some flexibility, but it's important to follow the right steps to avoid delays. 

Health Insurance and TRICARE 

In Florida, a former military spouse may be eligible for continued health insurance coverage under TRICARE if they meet certain criteria, such as the 20/20/20 rule, which refers to the duration of the marriage, the service member's length of service, and the overlap of the two. 

Protections for Military Members 

Florida has additional legal protections for military members under state law that can affect divorce proceedings, such as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), which provides temporary relief from certain civil obligations while on active duty. This can include stays on certain financial obligations and other aspects relevant to divorce cases. 

Working With Attorney Garth R. Goodman

At Garth R Goodman, PA, I take a personalized approach to every case. Here's what sets my firm apart from the competition: 

Personal Attention 

I don't delegate your case to paralegals. When you work with me, we'll meet one-on-one. I listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop a strategy tailored to your needs. 

Experienced Counsel 

With over 25 years of litigation experience in divorce and child custody matters, I can handle even the most complex military divorce cases. I know the ins and outs of military regulations and Florida laws, and that knowledge will be reflected in the outcome of your case. 

Passionate Advocacy 

I understand the sacrifices made by military families and am passionate about securing the best possible outcome for your family. You will receive the trust and open communication you need to overcome this difficult situation.

Local Knowledge 

I serve clients throughout St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Pinellas Park, Tierra Verde, St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Clearwater. My familiarity with local courts and regulations gives me an advantage in handling your case effectively. 

Military Divorce Attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida 

As a military divorce expert, I am here to help you understand your rights, protect your interests, and achieve a fair and just resolution. Contact me today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options. Together, we will work through the challenges of military divorce and build a brighter future for you and your family.