Divorce And Custody Mediation For Military Personnel

Military personnel are subject to the same state laws as civilians regarding divorce, property, children and support. However, members of the military do have special rights and special considerations under federal law.

Military divorces can be resolved through mediation, but it is critical to work with a mediator who is knowledgeable about the special issues affecting military personnel and their civilian spouses.

Attorney mediator Beth G. Reineke has assisted many military couples in the Tampa Bay Area, including active duty, reservists and retired military. She is Certified by the Florida Supreme Court to conduct mediations for both divorce and custody matters.

St. Petersburg Attorney Mediator For Military Retirement And Divorce

We have counseled many officers and enlisted personnel serving at MacDill Air Force Base, and we welcome service members from all branches of the armed services. Beth Reineke has practiced in divorce and family law for over 25 years, but now devotes her practice 100 percent to alternatives to divorce litigation.

Military families face unique challenges in dealing with divorce, child custody and related matters. The federal rules are complex and family matters are complicated by deployments, transfers and other realities of the military lifestyle. Beth Reineke understands these realities, and she will help you work out a fair and practical agreement regarding:

  • Military pensions — A military spouse is entitled to a portion or an equal share of the service member’s pension, depending on years of service and overlapping years of marriage.
  • Military pay and benefits — Some military pay is taxable and some is not, which makes a difference in the calculation of child support or alimony.
  • Health benefits — A spouse and dependent children may be entitled to ongoing medical insurance, depending on the number of years of service and overlapping years of marriage.
  • All the regular aspects of divorce, parenting time and child support

These are just a few of the considerations in military divorce. Military personnel who are stationed overseas or away from Florida, for example, may be able to delay divorce or custody matters under the Service members Civil Relief Act (formerly the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act).

Experienced In Divorce Mediation For Military Couples

Many military couples cannot realistically afford the expense of divorce litigation. To explore mediation as an alternative solution, please call 813-205-6675 or contact us online. Tampa military divorce lawyer/mediator Beth Reineke conducts pre-suit and court-ordered mediations for clients from Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County, Florida.