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Bakersfield Military Divorce Attorneys

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Whether you're the spouse of a service member or are currently serving, filing for a military divorce can be complex. At Divorced by Design, our lead attorney, Garret, knows what it means to serve. His experience as a member of the air force gives our team a leg up in military divorce cases, enabling us to fight for your rights and interests within the context of a military divorce.

To schedule a consultation with a veteran Bakersfield military divorce attorney today, contact us online or via phone at (661) 760-2872.

Filing for a Military Divorce in Bakersfield

Filing for a military divorce can be significantly more complex than filing for a normal divorce. Spouses who wish to obtain a military divorce can:

  • File for divorce where the service member is stationed; or
  • File for divorce where the spouse filing the divorce petition (the petitioner) is a resident.

To file for a military divorce in California, at least one of the spouses must be a resident of the state.

Military spouses who file for a divorce when their partner is deployed or on active duty may experience difficulties serving their spouse with the divorce petition. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) prevents military members from certain occurrences, such as being evicted.

Importantly, the SCRA also prevents service members from needing to file a Response to divorce summons. Normally, when a respondent refuses to file a Response, the court can issue a default judgment against them and finalize the divorce for the petitioner. If a military spouse files for a divorce, they may need to wait until their partner is no longer deployed or on active duty to finalize their divorce.

Other things you may want to know about military divorce include:

  • California law places restrictions on how much spousal or child support a service member can pay.
  • The Uniformed Service's Former Spouse Protection Act determines how the parties should divide military benefits, which are considered community property and subject to the property division process.
  • The service member's military allowance may impact their tax filings and how much spousal or child support they pay.

If you want to file for a military divorce, having an attorney who understands the process by your side is invaluable. At Divorced by Design, one of our Kern County military divorce attorneys, Garret, has air force experience that enables our office to usher service members and military spouses through the divorce process.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced Bakersfield military divorce attorney today and receive the legal counsel you deserve, contact us online or via phone at (661) 760-2872.

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