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Divorce When One Or Both Spouses Are, Or Have Been, In The Military

At Anne E. Lewis, P.L.C., in Grand Rapids, retired and active soldiers, officers and others in the armed forces and their spouses can find the caliber of representation they are looking for.

Specifically, this law firm attracts members of the military and military spouses who want to work with lawyers who understand military divorce distinctions, protocols and strategies. Attorney Anne E. Lewis is that kind of family law attorney.

What Is Your Military Connection? Choose A Lawyer Who Understands.

You may be actively stationed at the United States Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) headquarters at the Detroit Arsenals. Or you may be a resident of Michigan stationed anywhere in the world in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard. You may be a Michigan resident who is married to an active or retired member of any branch of the military, including the Air National Guard.

If either you or your spouse has a military connection, the early stages of your divorce process should include finding how if, and how, military rules may affect your case in terms of:

  • Residency requirements and exceptions regarding
  • Rules for serving the divorce petition to an active service member
  • Allowable custody and parenting time schedules, petition response times and other aspects of custody and visitation, including grandparents’ visitation rights
  • Child support and alimony payment protocols
  • Retirement asset division and other spousal benefit matters

Anne E. Lewis, P.L.C., is just half an hour away from the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Grand Haven. Many members of the Grand Rapids community have military ties or benefits. Up-to-date military divorce advice and guidance provided by attorney Lewis can help you avoid confusion and keep your family law case on track.

Ask About The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SMCRA) As It Pertains To Your Military Divorce In Michigan

The difference between a military divorce and a typical civilian divorce is mostly a matter of timing and lifestyle considerations. Attorney Lewis has had ample experience representing military members as well as spouses of people in all branches of the U.S. military. She can help protect your rights while moving your divorce in the direction it needs to go to stay on track.

You may have heard that your branch of the military will provide legal assistance in case of a divorce or custody problem. This may be true, but that assistance will have its limitations. Your legal assistance attorney cannot represent you in court but can advise you, help with negotiations and refer you to a civilian attorney. You do not have to wait for a referral. You can find your own civilian lawyer.

Schedule a consultation to learn about other resources and processes for military families who are facing divorce or child custody issues. Call 616-818-1812 or send an email inquiry.