Cleveland Military Divorce Lawyer
Experienced Military Divorce Attorneys Serving Cuyahoga County, Ohio
In Ohio, if one or both parties are in the military at the time of divorce, they must submit to a legal process that differs from civilian divorce. The Law Offices of LeeDaun C. Williams LLC is home to an experienced Cleveland military divorce lawyer who can effectively represent your interests and rights. Our experienced Cleveland divorce lawyers care about our clients and will stop at nothing to obtain a positive outcome to their case.
To learn more about how to end your marriage under military divorce laws, call our office directly at (216) 350-8511 or contact us online today. Our experienced Cleveland divorce lawyers can help.
Military Protection from Divorce Proceedings in Ohio
Under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCR), an active duty service member cannot be held in default if they do not respond to a divorce action. This is to ensure that active duty military members are not divorced without being aware of it. Additionally, divorce proceedings can be postponed for the entirety of their service and up to 60 days after they finish.
What Are the Requirements To File For A Military Divorce?
To file for a military divorce, either party must:
- Reside in Ohio
- Be currently stationed in Ohio
Like a civilian divorce, the filing party does not need to list a reason (or fault) for the divorce. They can simply state there are irreconcilable differences when they petition the court. If the filing party would like to include fault grounds in their petition they can do so.
Common grounds for a fault-based divorce are:
- Either party was already married at the time of their current marriage
- One party was absent from the relationship for at least one year
- Either party engaged in adultery
- The filing party was the victim of extreme cruelty at the hands of the other party
- The marital contract was fraudulent
Property Division in Ohio
The military property division laws in Ohio incorporate the Ohio laws along with laws governed by the Uniformed Services Former Spouse’s Act (USFSPA). This act is responsible for monitoring how military retirement benefits are divided upon divorce. Under the USFSPA, no benefits are distributed to the non-military spouse if the parties were married for under 10 years.
Count on Our Cleveland Military Divorce Attorney to Protect Your Interests
At The Law Offices of LeeDaun C. Williams LLC, our experienced and compassionate attorney will guide you throughout your military divorce process. We understand this legal matter can be emotionally complex and will do everything we can to take the legal burden off your shoulders.
The experienced Cleveland divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of LeeDaun C. Williams LLC are proud to serve the military community in Cuyahoga County, and will be happy to fight for your best interest.
Don't navigate military divorce law alone. Call our office at (216) 350-8511 or complete our online contact form for a free initial consultation.
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