Military couples face unique issues. If you think a divorce is in your future, it's important to consult an attorney who understands those issues and can protect your rights.
At The Mathews Group, LC, our lawyers guide service members and their spouses through the military divorce process. For a no-cost consultation, call 913-660-0664 or complete the simple contact form on this website. From our law office in Leawood, KS, we represent clients throughout the Kansas City metro area in Kansas and Missouri.
Dividing Military Benefits in Divorce
When you go through divorce in Kansas or Missouri, your marital property is divided according to the law of equitable distribution. Marital property includes assets accumulated during your marriage such as real estate, savings and other property, regardless of whose name is on the title. If you or your spouse is a service member, military benefits may also be considered marital property.
Depending on the length of the marriage and how long the service member was in the military, the non-military spouse may be entitled to up to 50 percent of the service member's retirement benefits. In some situations, courts can also order the service member to continue to carry military life insurance with the ex-spouse as the beneficiary.
Child Custody and Support for Military Families
Crafting parenting plans for service members can require both creativity and compassion. Being separated from children during long deployments can be painful for both the service member and the children. However, technology such as Skype can provide virtual visitation even when physical visitation is not possible.
Protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: This act provides a number of protections for service members who are on active military duty. For example, service members cannot be subject to a divorce proceeding or post-decree modifications while on active duty.
Missouri and Kansas Military Family Law Attorney
You will never be charged for your initial consultation with a Kansas City military divorce attorney at our firm. To schedule a consultation, call 913-660-0664 or complete our contact form.