Family Law

Military Divorce

Youngstown Area Military Divorce Attorney

Warren Divorce and Military Benefits Lawyer

At the law offices of Charles A. Ziegler, we understand the unique complications involved in military divorces. Over the course of more than 30 years practicing family law, we have represented many clients who are in the military and going through a divorce or dissolution.

Youngstown area military divorce lawyer Charles A. Ziegler represent clients throughout Ohio, the United States and the world. No matter where you are stationed, contact our law firm today for a free consultation.

The Differences in a Military Divorce

Like any other divorce, military members and their spouses must determine child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support/alimony. They must divide property and debts. They must decide how to move forward.

However, there are additional stressors involved in military divorces:

  • There is almost always an absent party — a party who cannot be physically present during negotiations or at any hearings.
  • There are special laws that can stop a divorce in its tracks if a spouse is on active duty.
  • The non-military spouse may want to relocate back to his or her home state with the children.
  • Military benefits will need to be divided appropriately.

Ohio military divorce attorney Charles A. Ziegler has the experience and commitment necessary to support your interests no matter what unique issues are involved in your divorce. He will take the time to understand your goals and protect your rights — as a parent, property owner, and service member.

Attorney Charles A. Ziegler has represented family law clients residing in nearly every U.S. state, as well as Afghanistan, Cuba and other foreign countries.

Where Will Your Divorce Take Place?

The courts of your home state have jurisdiction over your divorce. This means that your divorce will take place in your home state, no matter where you are stationed. If you have been stationed outside of Ohio, do not worry. Judges will let military members testify by phone so long as your commanding officer is next to you during your testimony.

What Happens If a Spouse Is on Active Duty?

When service members are stationed overseas, they are unable to come to court and defend their rights during a divorce case. Under the federal Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act, military members on active duty can file for a stay requesting that the judge stop their case until they are available to appear in court.

This is usually a beneficial option. When the case is on hold, the parties have more time for divorce negotiation and more time to prepare for the divorce proceedings.

Ohio Military Divorce Lawyer, Committed to You

If you face a military divorce, contact Youngstown military divorce lawyer Charles A. Ziegler for a free consultation. From our offices in Warren and Newton Falls, Ohio, we represent military members across the globe.