Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and Divorce

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is designed to protect soldiers who are actively engaged in military operations from certain legal actions, including divorce. Many military families do not understand the particulars of the SCRA and how it can affect the outcome of their divorce cases.

Significant Experience Working With Service Members and Their Families

At Lasiter & Jackson, we represent U.S. service members and spouses of service members in all aspects of divorce and family law. As experienced Phoenix military divorce attorneys, Nicole Lasiter and Stephanie Jackson help individuals, including those in the military, understand their rights and obligations regarding property division, dividing military pensions, provision of survivor benefits, child custody and parenting time, parental relocation, child support and spousal maintenance issues.

What You Need to Know About Divorce and Active Duty

While military divorce functions similarly to standard divorce, there are special provisions for service members who are actively serving at home or abroad. Under the SCRA, U.S. service men and women have certain protections in divorce and family law matters, including:

  • Divorce proceedings can be delayed, or stayed, while you are on active duty and not present to represent your interests in property division, child custody and support. This provision can be also be used to delay proceedings for up to 60 days following your return from active duty.
  • If a default judgment was entered against you while you were away and unable to represent yourself, the case may be reopened upon your return if outcomes negatively impact your rights.
  • Spouses of active service members wishing to pursue military divorce may encounter delays to the process while their partner is actively deployed.

Helping You Understand Your Rights Under the SCRA

Our firm provides the knowledgeable and compassionate representation you need to handle your Arizona military divorce. We are committed to finding practical solutions to address each of your concerns. We offer a qualified case assessment at a reasonable cost, so you can make informed decisions about how to proceed.

Contact our law office in Phoenix to discuss your options in military divorce with our experienced Arizona family lawyers.