Is a Military Divorce Different Than a Civilian Divorce?

Is a Military Divorce Different Than a Civilian Divorce?

If you are in the military or have a spouse in the military and are considering a divorce, you might be wondering if there is anything different about a military divorce. While military divorces are treated the same as civilian divorces in many ways, there are still some nuanced differences. The good news is that Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP is here to help you through the process. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between military and civilian divorces in California and how Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP can help.

  1. Serving Divorce Papers
  2. If a spouse is on active military service but they reside or are stationed in California, you can file divorce papers in California court. However, for the California court to get jurisdiction, the military spouse must be served a copy of the summons and divorce action personally.

  3. Extended Timeframes
  4. One of the main differences between a military divorce and a civilian divorce in California is that there is an extended timeframe to the default dissolution. A civilian marriage can be dissolved through default termination if the spouse who has been served does not respond after 6 months. However, to protect military service members from being divorced without being able to properly respond, a default divorce proceeding is postponed while the service member is on active duty and for 60 days after that.

  5. Special Support & Property Division Provisions
  6. There are also special support and property division provisions when drafting agreements in a military divorce. That is why you need a skilled military divorce attorney like Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP to assist with your case to ensure your rights are protected.

If you need help with a military divorce, contact Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP today!

If you are in the military or have a spouse in the military it is important to understand how a military divorce is different from a civilian divorce if you are considering filing. The good news is that Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP is here to help you through the process. We have over 27 years of experience handling military divorce cases and can walk you through the process to ensure that your rights are protected and you get a fair settlement. If you need help with your military divorce case, contact Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP today at 909-482-1422 to schedule your initial consultation!

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