Tampa Military Divorce Lawyer Delivers Strong Counsel
Experienced Florida advocate advises service members and their spouses
Whether you are part of the U.S. Armed Forces or are married to a service member, you understand the unique challenges of military life. Unfortunately, these pressures and others can take a severe toll on husbands and wives. When a military marriage can no longer be saved, the Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A. offers comprehensive support to divorcing spouses throughout the Tampa area. With 18 years of legal experience, attorney Patricia Palma understands the complexities and jurisdictional issues associated with military divorce. Even if you are stationed somewhere far from home, our firm will serve as an effective legal guide dedicated to your well-being.
Proven attorney helps families in the armed forces make a new start
Going through a divorce is never easy, but the transitory nature of military life poses specific challenges. We can help you understand how your status affects key issues such as:
- Residency — Unlike some states, Florida does not grant an exception to the residency requirement for military families. At least one spouse must be living in Florida for at least six months to file for divorce here.
- Servicemembers Civil Relief Act — Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a person serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard is granted certain legal exemptions if their duty limits their ability to participate in litigation. For example, a soldier serving overseas might not be able to respond to a divorce petition from there and would receive a stay extending the time they have to respond.
- Custody and time sharing — The demands placed on service members can complicate parental time sharing, particularly when a father or mother is stationed at a distant location. We have the background and ability to identify creative solutions for parents to establish fair custody and visitation arrangements in these situations.
Our family law firm takes great pride in delivering exceptional representation and service to the people who make a sacrifice for our nation either in uniform or at home.
Dedicated advocate assists with the allocation of military benefits
Individuals who are ending a long-term marriage to a service member might be able to retain access to Tricare medical coverage and exchange privileges. Under the 20/20/20 rule, a divorced spouse is entitled to these benefits if the couple was married for 20 years while the husband or wife was engaged in military service. I also help clients resolve issues concerning the allocation of retirement pay earned when a marriage and one partner’s military duty overlapped. We will detail the relevant facts in your case and pursue an equitable result.