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If you are a military member or a military spouse and are considering a divorce, then you are probably aware of the fact that you are entitled to free legal services provided by the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG.) Unfortunately, most people use these services before they realize that the JAG is not of much assistance in divorce or legal separation matters. Eventually, divorcees may be left in the dark to negotiate child custody and property on their own because a lack of attention or insight from the JAG into their specific situation. The JAG is an excellent resource when you need to gather general information about family separations, but they are not helpful when it comes to preparing divorce or separation documents. They cannot represent you in court and cannot file your legal divorce or separation paperwork for you.

As well, JAG lawyers are not required to be licensed in the state that they practice in, which means that their knowledge of state laws may be vague. A JAG attorney who is working in California may be unfamiliar with the nuances of military law in the state, and may not even give valuable or helpful information in detailed circumstances. Because of this, it is wisest to forego the free aid you could get from a JAG attorney and instead hire a professional military family attorney in your area. Make sure to hire a firm that is familiar with military law, rather than civilian law. There are quite a few differences between the two so you will want to ensure that you are getting the right attorney with extensive knowledge on military law when it comes to your case. At Cutter & Lax the lawyers are dedicated to handling California military law cases with all the wisdom and tact that you deserve. Hire one of these hardworking attorneys to handle your case right away and get started pursuing a solid divorce.

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