What about lawyers who work with military families? Do they need to have any special training?
Yes. Military members and their families have access to free legal services and lawyers through military legal assistance offices found at large military installations around the country and overseas. These offices are staffed by military lawyers, called “judge advocates,” and civilian lawyers, all of whom receive special education and training in many areas of law affecting military members. See the following section on military legal assistance for more information on these lawyers and the services they provide.
Particularly when it comes to a military divorce, you must make sure you are working with an attorney who is specialized in this area of the law. This can be a former JAG officer, a retired military lawyer, a Reservist or National Guard attorney, or legal assistance at a military base. Often, the best arrangement is to hire a lawyer to handle most of the family law issues, and then retain a specialist in military divorce to help you with those limited aspects of the case. For a list of helpful questions to ask your prospective military divorce attorney, visit the Legal Eagle handouts prepared for the North Carolina State Bar.