How Can Military Relocation Impact Family Law Issues?

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Every June, many military families face the possibility of relocation as service members receive their new orders. This time of year often leads to a surge in family law disputes, particularly in Florida, where military presence is significant, and understanding how relocation affects family law issues is crucial for service members and their families. Please continue reading and reach out to a skilled Pensacola family law attorney from The Law Office of James M. Burns to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How Can Military Relocation Impact Family Law Issues in Florida?

Military relocation often poses a wide range of issues, especially concerning its impact on various family law issues. For instance, moving can disrupt existing child custody arrangements and complicate divorce proceedings. Though Florida has specific laws that address these issues, having a competent attorney in your corner who understands these laws can help ensure that the rights of both the service member and their family are protected.

Child Custody and Relocation

When a service member receives relocation orders, it can significantly impact child custody arrangements. Florida courts prioritize the best interests of the child when making custody decisions. This means they consider factors such as the child’s relationship with both parents, the stability of the home environment, and the child’s adjustment to the new location. Military parents should prepare for potential custody modifications by gathering evidence that supports their case and demonstrates how the move will benefit their child.

Divorce and Spousal Support Considerations

Relocation can also complicate divorce proceedings and spousal support agreements. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) plays a significant role in military divorces, affecting how military pensions are divided. Additionally, relocating may require adjustments to spousal support arrangements, especially if one spouse’s financial situation changes due to the move.

Importantly, military families facing relocation should always seek legal assistance to help them through these issues. Preparing for relocation involves not only understanding the legal aspects but also taking steps to minimize disputes, such as maintaining open communication and documenting any agreements. Additionally, should disputes arise and litigation ensue, it’s paramount that you have a skilled family law attorney in your corner who can effectively advocate for your interests.

If you’re facing relocation as a military service member or the spouse of one, The Law Office of James M. Burns stands ready to represent you, every step of the way. Contact our legal team today so we can get started working on your case.