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Military Divorce Attorney in Clearwater

Knowledgeable in The Complexities of Military Divorce

While most divorces are complicated, military divorce is even more so. There are certain designations, regulations, and requirements put forth by the United States government in regard to divorce that a military service member is expected to follow. Not adhering to these stipulations could result in a military code violation and subsequent consequences. If you are a military service member or the spouse of someone enlisted in the military, you need an attorney who is well-versed in the specifics of the military’s requirements for divorce. Our Clearwater military divorce lawyer has 28 years of experience handling servicepersons’ separations and can use that experience to your benefit.


Contact Connie R. Stephens, P.A. at (727) 205-0770 for competent military divorce representation.


Factors That Are Different in Military Divorces in Clearwater

Issues that the military governs during a serviceperson’s divorce include:

  • Support payment calculation
  • Health benefits for the family
  • Jurisdiction
  • Relocation due to a permanent change in station
  • Retirement allocation
  • Delaying divorce
  • New relationships

Child support or alimony payments from a military service member are calculated differently than for civilians because they are based on the percentage of off-duty and active-duty pay. The children of a serviceperson are entitled to health care benefits for as long as the parent is in the military, but the spouse of the serviceperson is only allowed to collect benefits for a certain amount of time, based on the length of service and marriage. Where the couple decided to file for divorce is open to interpretation, as a number of residences could qualify. When a service member is relocated due to a permanent change in station, there must be modifications made regarding child custody.

The spouse of a military member is entitled to retirement benefits based upon the length of the marriage and the amount of time the spouse was in service. There are several ways the retirement can be paid out. A divorce may be delayed if a serviceperson has been assigned to training or has been deployed, but it is recommended that the military member remains in close contact with their attorney during that time. While adultery is not a crime for civilians, military service members agree to a code of ethics and morals put forth by the American government that specifies that service members may not participate in infidelity. This is punishable, so it is recommended that military service members do not start new relationships until their divorce is final.

Work with an Experienced Clearwater Divorce Attorney

Going through a military divorce can be a daunting ordeal, and Connie Stephens understands. She has the expertise you need to get through this trying and difficult process. As a client of our firm, you can trust that she aggressively ensures that all the details are attended to and everything is in order so that you do not have to worry about the particulars.


For a representation you can rely on, call Connie R. Stephens, P.A. at (727) 205-0770.


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