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How to Represent Military Personnel and Their Families in Divorce

Joseph A. DeWoskin

Not all clients are the same, and military clients and the issues that accompany them are unique. Learning how to address these unique issues and how to interact with your military clients takes experience, the ability to research, and patience. Servicemembers’ issues include, but are not limited to, those involving family support, parenting, long-distance parenting time, deployment, and permanent change of station or moving to a new duty station. If you are going to represent a servicemember or the spouse of one, it is important to fully understand what the military branches require of servicemembers, the income of servicemembers, and the terms that servicemembers use. Military regulations, statutes, and explanations of how best to approach are all online and available for self-study. That being said, this area of practice is ripe for error and misunderstanding, especially when it comes to advising clients and dividing military retirement benefits as a marital asset.

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