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Alimony Payments and Your Military Divorce

Over the past decade, studies have shown that military divorces have been on a steady decline, though over the past few years these numbers are somewhat leveling off. Whether or not the number is no longer climbing, these divorces still exist in the state of California either for couples who are both currently serving their country or for those who have just one spouse in the service. Either way, divorces for military couples are not uncommon, and spouses are choosing to end their unions for varying reasons that are unique to them. Due to the complexity of a military union, having a divorce attorney on your side that has unique experience in the area of military law is absolutely essential.

At Cutter & Lax, Attorneys at Law, we are a uniquely experienced legal team who is prepared to aid those in California who are looking to obtain a military divorce. Our firm is prepared to help our clients walk step by step through dissolving their marriage, and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. One of the aspects that will likely be addressed during the divorce is the topic of alimony, which essentially means the spousal support of one who has a lesser income or fewer assets than the other spouse. This process enables the spouse with less financial cushion to enjoy the standard of living they once had.

California alimony laws utilize a number of factors about the couple's relationship when calculating the amount of support one spouse or the other will receive. These elements will include how long they were married, the economic needs of each spouse, personal employment and earning capacity, child custody arrangements, age and health of each spouse, among other details. While these factors are not for a civilian California divorce, when including a spouse (or both) who are currently serving in the U.S. Military, there are additional nuances that must be considered as well.

The primary difference between a civilian and a military divorce is usually over property rights and spousal awards. Why is this? Because when a person is serving in the military, matters of life that an average civilian will enjoy is nonexistent for a serviceman. These differences may include owning certain property, or the benefits that they are offered from the government such as pension (retirement) plans. It is essential that you have a California military divorce lawyer on your side who understands these specific differences in civilian and military divorce laws so that your rights are properly protected in the divorce.

Please do not hesitate in contacting Cutter & Lax today for the highly qualified legal professional you deserve helping you through your military divorce. Matters of the family are unique and can be extremely sensitive, and we will do our best to assist you and your family through this difficult process.

Call us today to further discuss your situation with a California military divorce lawyer!


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