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Jennifer D. Oram-Smith PC.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

If you are a military service member, or the spouse of one, there are facets of Virginia divorce that are specific to the military. For example, there are limits to the amount of financial support for children or spouses that can be deducted from pay. 


The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides military members a wide range of legal protections not available to the general public. For example, if you are a service member, you can not be taken to court for any civil proceedings, including divorce, child support or custody hearings while deployed. Therefore, if service personnel are deployed and a spouse decides to file for divorce before they return, the SCRA law requires a stay of proceedings. 


If you are a separated or divorced parent in the military, a change of station and relocation can have a crucial impact on your custody agreement. When faced with this difficult situation you will want to have the council of a knowledgeable lawyer on your side. Custody arrangements are subject to individual state laws. In some states, you would lose custody if you move, therefore it is in your best interests to have a military relocation provision stipulated in your custody agreement.


Virginia Beach Military divorce lawyer, Jennifer Oram-Smith has 30 years experience representing military service members and spouses.  

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Virginia Beach Military Divorce Lawyer

Military Service Members and Child Custody Cases


Parents serving in the military can be faced with special circumstances related to child custody. As a military service member you may have had to temporarily relinquish custody of a child due to deployment. Fortunately, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides military members a wide range of legal protections. For example, you can not be taken to court for any civil proceedings, including divorce, child support or custody hearings while deployed.

If you are a
separated or divorced parent in the military, a change of station and relocation can have a crucial impact on your custody agreement. When faced with this difficult situation you will want to have the council of a lawyer on your side.   

Custody arrangements are subject to individual state laws. In 2008 the state of Virginia signed into law the Virginia Military Parents Equal Protection Act which provides many protections for military parents. We can ensure you are receiving all the protections available to you under the law.

Divorce of Military Service Members or Spouses

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