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Experienced Attorneys Can Help Determine Jurisdiction for a Military Divorce in Virginia

You need an attorney who understands Virginia military divorce laws for a favorable settlement

Jurisdiction is an essential aspect of any lawsuit. It determines the set of laws under which the suit will be decided. Military spouses may get married in one jurisdiction, reside in another and own property in a third. Determining in which jurisdiction to file divorce is far more complex than it might be for civilian couples.

While the topic seems very difficult to decipher, it can be understood with the proper legal guidance. Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law is one of the most knowledgeable military divorce law firms in the state of Virginia, and can help you begin to determine how your case should proceed today.

How much does jurisdiction really matter?

Jurisdiction can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of a military divorce. Different states apply different sets of laws and formulas when handling a divorce action. Consider, for example, the division of property, such as retirement benefits. In Virginia, military retirements and pensions, which may be significant, can be divided as marital property, assuming they meet certain requirements. Other states may handle such divisions very differently, according to their own property division laws. These laws will undoubtedly affect the amount each spouse gets, so jurisdiction in a military divorce can make a huge difference to both spouses.

Helping determine your options for jurisdiction

You must file a military divorce in a state where at least one of the spouses resides. Also, the official home of record of either spouse, or the state where the marriage occurred, has no bearing on whether or not you must file your divorce in that state.

It is also not necessary for both spouses to establish residency in a particular state to file divorce under the laws of that state. So long as at least one spouse meets the residency requirements of a state and the other spouse files no objection, the divorce may proceed under the applicable state laws.

Your final determination will most likely be based on the state where the spouses:

  • File tax returns
  • Own property
  • Vote
  • Hold financial accounts
  • Pay real estate taxes
  • Hold driver licenses or car titles
  • Travel to without incurring considerable expense

Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law is an experienced Norfolk military divorce law firm who brings more than 25 years of experience to the negotiating table for his clients. He can help you find the light at the end of the tunnel and emerge from your divorce in a strong position to rebuild your life.

Norfolk military divorce lawyers ready to fight for you

When you need to determine jurisdiction for your military divorce, contact Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law online or at today to arrange a free consultation with an attorney knowledgeable about military divorce laws.


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