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Military Divorce

Military divorce is a unique area of the law because there are laws that apply only to divorces where one person is in the military. We represent military personnel and their spouses in Southern California and worldwide when the matter is in Riverside or San Bernardino County.

Each attorney in our firm has received specific training in military divorce. We can handle the legal issues and emotional difficulties involved in a long-distance divorce (including issues arising from the deployment of one or both parties). For more information about military divorce, contact us We can help you get through this difficult time. We have offices in downtown Riverside and Old Town Temecula.

Special Issues For Divorces Involving Active Military Personnel

Active duty military personnel must consent to the service of a summons and a divorce petition. The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA) (formerly known as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940) makes it difficult to personally serve papers on anyone on active duty without their consent. Local law may also prohibit serving papers depending on where the military person is stationed.

Our law firm can handle a military divorce wherever the parties are located as long as the case may be filed in Riverside or San Bernardino.

It is challenging to obtain a divorce from an active-duty service member. Because our law firm has the experience and understanding of the applicable laws, we can accomplish your goals as quickly as possible under the limitations imposed by federal regulations.

We use our technological and other resources to keep the case moving as fast as possible within the limitations imposed by military and federal law. We communicate with our long-distance clients via email, telephone, and fax to move the proceedings through California family courts.

Division Of Retired Or Reserve Military Personnel Benefits

We understand the requirements of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA), the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), and military disability pay regulations. These laws govern how military pensions and benefits can be divided in a divorce.

For any divorce-related family law matter, contact a California lawyer at Cullen Family Law Group. We know that getting divorced while in the military, child custody issues, and the financial uncertainty of military life can take their toll. We are sensitive to the emotional cost of a military divorce and offer supportive representation that can help you get through this difficult time.