Experienced Military Divorce Lawyer In Michigan

Obtaining a fair share of the marital property, avoid having to pay alimony or acquiring a sufficient award, and securing adequate parenting time are common concerns in any civilian or military divorce. Even though the concerns may be similar, the legal aspects involved in a military divorce are incredibly unique.

Kraayeveld Law Offices, P.C., respects the sacrifices made by military families, and we are proud to say that we have successfully protected their rights and interests for more than 20 years.

If you are a service member or nonmilitary spouse, it is absolutely vital that you have an attorney on your side who is intimately familiar with Michigan law as well as the military laws that affect child custody and divorce. We can protect your rights and interests whether you are a service member or are married to one.

Dividing Assets And Debt And Determining Spousal And Child Support

In the context of filing for divorce, residency is determined by a judge. The judge will consider a variety of factors such as intent, property ownership, utility bills, voter registration or a Michigan driver's license. This can be a complicated issue, which we can help address on a case-by-case basis.

As in a civilian divorce, property is divided fairly under Michigan divorce laws. You need to have an experienced attorney on your side because the assets and benefits associated with military service are unique and often involve special guidelines or timing issues. These particular assets may include:

  • Military retirement benefits and pensions
  • Thrift savings plans
  • Survivor benefits

Spousal support and child support determinations are made under the same general guidelines as a civilian divorce. However, your attorney must understand living or moving allowances, combat zone pay, re-enlistment bonuses and other unique types of pay and benefits.

Military Service Significantly Impacts Child Custody Matters

Child custody, parenting time and child support matters are the second major area of concern for military families. There are very particular issues related to sudden deployment, frequent relocations and lengthy absences. Child support also requires close attention to and experience with the pay structures unique to parents who serve in the military.

Currently Deployed Or On Active Duty? We Will Work With You.

When you hire Kraayeveld Law Offices, P.C., you benefit from its comprehensive knowledge and experience with military divorce. We will thoroughly explain domestic relations issues to you so that you can be confident that you are not at a disadvantage in negotiations.

Contact us online or call our office in Grand Rapids at 616-426-9644 to arrange a consultation with our experienced military divorce lawyer. If you are currently based in another state or deployed outside of the United States, we will accommodate you. We can speak directly via Skype or communicate through email.