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Helping Members of the Military File For Divorce in Hawaii

While members of the military go through the same divorce process as civilians, there are additional factors that may influence the outcome of their divorce. Ensure that you have a legal representative who is knowledgeable about the issues related to military by enlisting services from the Law Office of Steve Cedillos. For more than two decades, I have been handling cases for services members in Honolulu at the following bases:

  • Hickam AFB
  • Kaneohe Marine Base
  • Schofield Barracks
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Base
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
  • Wheeler Airfield

If you are stationed at any of these locations and want to file for a divorce, don't hesitate to get in touch with my firm. I am Honolulu military divorce attorney who is committed to providing personalized attention to each and every one of my clients so that they have the best chance of getting a favorable outcome.

Call the Law Office of Steve Cedillos today at (808) 201-0496 or contact us online to start discussing the details of your divorce with our military divorce lawyer in Hawaii!

What are the Differences Between a Military and Civilian Divorce?

For service members, divorce can become a lot more complicated, since it is governed by both state and federal laws. There are several issues that differentiate your divorce from a civilian divorce, including the following:

  • Location: The court that grants your divorce must have jurisdiction to do so, meaning you and your spouse should live in the same area as the court. In military divorce, you and your spouse may be separated due to deployment. If you and your spouse do not live together, then you may file for divorce in a state where either of you live, so long as you both agree to it. For example, if you live in Hawaii, and your spouse lives in California, then you may file in Hawaii or California.
  • Alimony & Child Support: Both civilian and service member parents are required to contribute child support. If you fail to do so, then the military may punish you in addition to state penalties. Calculating the amount of a child support that a military spouse must pay is a bit complicated due to all the benefits and allowances. Instead of using a tax return, the courts use the Leave and Earnings Statement, which is equivalent to a military pay stub.
  • Pensions and Military Benefits: Because the military is still viewed as an employer, benefits such as life insurance, medical and pensions benefits are subject to be divided with your spouse. Review your state laws to find out exactly what is protected in a military divorce.
  • Custody and Visitation: For military members who frequently move around, visitation and custody can become infinitely more complicated. In creating your parent plan, you may have to make arrangements for your children when you or your military spouse is deployed or relocates.

How Long Does a Military Divorce Take?

Much like a civilian divorce, the amount of time it takes to finalize a military divorce depends on how contentious the issues are that need to be resolved. Since some matters, such as child custody, can be made more complex by virtue of either spouse being in the military, it is possible for a military divorce to take longer than a civilian one.

Contact Our Honolulu Divorce Lawyer Today

If you are a service member that is seeking a divorce, don't wait any longer to consult with my firm. I can use my experience and knowledge of military cases to make sure that you are fully informed of all the issues at hand.

Contact the Law Office of Steve Cedillos today to schedule a FREE consultation!

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