Helping officers and enlisted personnel handle domestic issues
In marriage, service members face many challenges brought on by the stress and separation of deployment and a mobile lifestyle. In divorce, as well, these unique features of military life raise emotional and legal issues above and beyond the usual complexities of divorce. Having served the military communities of Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base and the Clarksville National Guard Armory for more than 18 years, our attorneys at the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC are intimately familiar with the challenges soldiers and their families face. You can rely upon our team of lawyers zealously to represent your interests and guide you through the divorce, child custody and child support processes.
Domestic relations challenges for military families
As experienced military divorce attorneys, our team at the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC knows how to confront the special issues military families face:
- Jurisdiction - States have different rules for when their courts have jurisdiction over a divorce, child custody or child support matter. Usually, a court has jurisdiction when one party in a case has lived in the state for a minimum period of time. However, due to the mobile lifestyle of many service members, special jurisdictional rules often apply. Our attorneys are well-versed in Tennessee's and Kentucky's special jurisdictional rules for military families and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which governs jurisdiction in multistate child custody cases.
- Default judgments - Unfortunately, it is common for estranged spouses to file for child support, spousal support or divorce while his or her spouses are deployed. Without proper legal representation, this can deprive you of the opportunity to defend yourself, resulting in a default judgment and substantial arrears for child support, alimony or spousal support. The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) can provide protection from this type of conduct with the help of a Clarksville attorney.
- Property division - When it involves military benefits, such as pensions and VA disability benefits, the already complicated division of property process becomes even more convoluted. Our attorneys understand which military benefits are subject to distribution and which are not and the complex rules that govern distribution of certain military benefits.
Issues in military custody disputes
In child custody disputes, what is fair to the parents is secondary to what is in the best interests of the child. This means that parents who spent long periods of time on deployment may face an uphill battle in custody proceedings, even though their absences were not their fault. If you are a military service member, seeking custody of your child or trying to avoid being shut out of your child's life by your former spouse or partner, you need an attorney who has experience overcoming these specific issues. Our lawyers argue many military custody issues in front of judges throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. We know what arguments work and can use our experience and insight to help you build a stronger case.
We are committed to serving those who serve
Our attorneys at the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC are proud to bring our more than 75 years of legal experience to bear for military service members and their families during difficult divorces and family law disputes. Our three Clarksville offices are convenient to Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base and the National Guard Armory. If you or your spouse or partner is a member of the military, call us today at 931-444-5620 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. Our attorneys have specific experience in the kinds of issues you are likely to face during your domestic issue.