Elite Family Law Firm Assisting Servicemembers and Civilians Seeking a Divorce

Help for military families throughout Maryland

Couples who wish to divorce face a number of decisions. Some of these decisions are easy to make; others can be quite complicated. For military families, however, there are some circumstances which require the help of a skilled Maryland family law attorney, to ensure that your best interests are fairly represented. Cynthia H. Clark & Associates, LLC offers military couples more than 30 years of combined experience in the practice of family law. The attorneys have a special focus on military divorce issues, making the firm the ideal choice for couples who live in or are stationed in Maryland.

Additional concerns for military families

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While all couples are subject to Maryland state law when it comes to divorcing, there are certain challenges – residency being among them – which a couple with at least one military servicemember in it will face. At Cynthia H. Clark & Associates, LLC, the attorneys have the skills, experience and resources to assist with:

  • Procuring a stay. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) allows a spouse who is on active duty to request a stay for all civil proceedings. If you are served with divorce papers, you may be entitled to a stay of the proceedings for 90 days, or in some cases for an additional 60 days after you return to Maryland.
  • Alimony. Alimony payments are awarded by the courts, but only when one spouse requests them. A court also has the right to deny a request for alimony.
  • Property division. Military earnings are considered marital property in a divorce, and therefore may be divided equitably between both spouses. Retirement funds are also subject to these laws. However, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (FSPA) gives the state where the military spouse claims residence the power to decide how much of a military pension must be divided between the two parties in a divorce. The Act also governs Survivor Benefit Plans.

The firm also handles complex cases involving child custody and visitation schedules, where a long-distance deployment, potential for relocation, or issues concerning residency are involved.

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