Colorado Springs Military Divorce Attorney
About Military Divorce Laws
Clawson & Clawson, LLP, strives to deliver first-rate legal services quickly, efficiently, and aggressively. We are dedicated to the philosophy that the most effective and cost-efficient legal services are provided by attorneys who maintain their integrity and communicate honestly with our Military and Civil Service clients. Our Colorado Springs divorce lawyers have helped hundreds of military families in the Colorado Springs area, and we can help you as well. We also offer a military discount. This is a small token of our appreciation for your service to this Country.
Being in the military has a significant impact on the proceedings of any divorce online, particularly in Colorado. In general, this is because the Federal Government has special rules and protections for military personnel. These protections originated due to the fact that military personnel were often away from their place of legal residency and did not have the time to properly file responses to civil suits.
Therefore, the Federal Government has passed several laws giving special privileges to military personnel. These privileges range from being protected when they don't immediately respond to a legal notice to having their retirement pay protected to some extent.
Online Military Divorces in Colorado Springs
Starting a divorce online while on active duty is possible, but it can be difficult. Our Colorado Springs military divorce lawyers are familiar with this process and have experience in assisting military personal with commencing a Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) or responding to filings, even if they are overseas. We frequently handle Colorado military divorces which are started by email. The process to start a military divorce laws by email is simple. A fee agreement and intake form are emailed to you and the signed fee agreement is mailed back to us by conventional mail. All other correspondence can take place by telephone or email.
Jurisdiction and Military Service
Since Colorado-based military personnel are frequently relocated, they can reside in several places in a short period of time. This presents unique problems for any court seeking jurisdiction over such a person. The issue is even more complicated when the geographical proximities of the parties involve minor children. This brings up challenges relating to residency of the parties and/or deployment that will require help from a skilled legal professional. A qualified lawyer can help you resolve these legal challenges and more when it comes to the custody of the children (now known as parental responsibility). Don't make a move without knowing your legal rights!
In general, military personnel are allowed to have two types of residences, their legal residence and the residence in which they are stationed. If they are separated from their spouse, then we may have to factor in the legal residence of the spouse as well. Here at Clawson & Clawson, LLP, our team handles family law and personnel cases for military divorce in Colorado and in any other state or country, even if the client does not live in Colorado or attend hearings physically in Colorado.
About Military Retired Pay
There are several complicated variables surrounding a military divorce laws and property rights, including the division of military retirement. The courts have adopted certain methods of calculating the spouse's portion of the military member's retirement based upon several components. Current laws have adopted a formula to arrive at an equation awarding the spouse their percentage share of the military retirement based upon a host of variables related to the length of service versus and the length of the marriage. Once this is determined, the Court can arrive at a percentage marital share that the spouse would be entitled to receive.
Sometimes, however, the parties have significant assets. There are other creative ways to arrive at an equitable division of the marital estate instead of dividing the military retirement, and our team can help you determine the best method for your situation. For instance, the parties may utilize the services of an accountant to assign a present value to the award. The accountant would take the future retirement and calculate, based upon mortality and other factors, what the retirement would be worth today. The present value would then be offset in the division of property. The factors involved with military retirements, survivor benefits, and more must be seriously considered when deciding whether you need an attorney to assist you with your military divorce. A legal professional can help with the complicated language that must be included in Court orders and agreements in order to legally preserve the right to receive present and future retirement benefits, so call Clawson & Clawson, LLP today!
Hire an Experienced Colorado Springs Military Divorce Lawyer
Due to the complex nature of military divorce in Colorado and throughout our nation, it is recommended that you contact an experienced Colorado Springs divorce attorney before taking any step in a military divorce. Navigating the minefield of military law isn't easy, and the slightest mistake could cause you to lose your rights on a mere technicality.
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