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Military Divorce Attorneys in Texas

Military Divorce & Spousal Maintenance

There are more Texans in the U.S. Military than from any other state. Therefore, our firm frequently runs into special legal issues in the family law world regarding our service members. Military divorce and spousal maintenance law cases are some of the most challenging.

As the son of a career USMC officer and the grandson of a World War II veteran, these issues are very familiar to Attorney Brian Walters. He has handled many such cases in his career and can help you.

Contact Walters Gilbreath, PLLC at (844) 451-1220 to schedule a consultation.

The most common challenge facing service members and their spouses is their residence. Texas requires a 6-month residency, including three months in the county where you intend to file for divorce or other family law actions. This is not always practical, considering how often service members are deployed overseas, TDY and PCS. Military families are also often separated, making it unclear where the appropriate jurisdiction lies.

The Soldier & Sailor Act of 1943 (and related laws) dictate some of this. You cannot pursue a lawsuit of any kind (including a family law matter) against a service member deployed overseas. As with any law, there are some exceptions and modifications to that law. Consult with a competent Texas military divorce attorney about these matters.

The modification and enforcement of existing family orders from other states are also a significant concern. For example, if a couple got divorced in California, and the husband is now deployed to Texas – how does the father enforce his visitation rights? How does the mother make sure she is paid child support? How would a military pension be divided? All of these questions have answers, but they are complex.

Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?: Video Guide

In this video, Brian Walters and Jake Gilbreath explain situations in which people should hire a divorce lawyer and when it might not be necessary. Increasingly, couples do not need to divorce without getting attorneys involved. In California, for example, 80 percent of divorcing couples complete the process on their own without obtaining legal representation. However, you will most likely need a lawyer to protect your rights if your soon-to-be-ex already has an attorney and is planning to take you to court. In cases involving divorce, it’s important to know that you do not have the right to a court-appointed attorney.

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  • Jake Gilbreath has been extremely helpful and impactful in my recent divorce proceedings. Initially my divorce was amicable, but degraded quickly with legal wrangling on the part of my wife's counsel. Immediately after Jake was engaged, things snapped back to a realistic agenda and a prompt ...

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