Military Divorce

Experienced Colorado Springs Divorce Lawyer Working with Military Families

No divorce is easy. When a divorce involves a member of the military, already complicated matters get even more complex. That's why you need a divorce lawyer who is experienced working with military families. I've been a family law attorney for more than 20 years and have substantial experience helping members of the military and their spouses deal with the extraordinary issues involved in military divorces.

I can assist clients from Fort Carson, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Air and Space Command and Shriever Air Force Base successfully deal with special issues involving relocation, division of military retirement benefits and the survivor benefit plan (SBP), as well as the complexities of child custody disputes involving members of the military.

Call 719-602-5662 to schedule an appointment to discuss your circumstances. You can also contact me online.

A divorce presents special challenges for members of the military and their dependents. The issues are complicated by the fact that they involve Colorado law as well as federal benefits. Military divorces call for counsel and representation by an experienced lawyer familiar with the following:

  • Relocation issues: helping determine jurisdiction for cases involving military service members who have been relocated outside of Colorado.
  • Property division: military retirement benefits are divisible between the spouses; military authorities can divide the pension according to a time rule formula. The survivor benefit plan also needs to be addressed, including questions about who will be the beneficiary, who will pay for it, and alternatives including private insurance.
  • Child custody and support issues: often difficult in civilian divorces, these disputes over custody and support can be even more problematic in a military divorce because in many cases, divorcing parties relocate as a result of their position in the military, requiring long-distance parenting plans.
  • Alimony/spousal maintenance: commonly the spouse who is not in the military needs spousal support upon divorce because that person often has put a career on hold.
  • Modifications: because of deployments and relocations, divorce decrees for military members often require modifications, including changes to parenting plans, child support, alimony/spousal support.

For most of my clients, the best route to take in divorce is to settle on child custody, child support, property division and spousal support issues rather than litigating these differences in a courtroom. In some cases, protecting a client's interests means taking a case to court, but more often than not, more favorable results are obtained in less costly negotiations or mediation.

Call me, Attorney James L. English, P.C., at 719-602-5662. You can also contact me online.