Orlando Military Divorce Attorney
Representing Military Members Stationed in Central Florida
Military families face challenges that never confront civilian families. From odd hours for training to extended field exercises to long-term deployments, families are often forced to spend months and even years apart. At times, the pressure causes the relationship to crack.
At the law office of Mercedes R. Wechsler, P.A., we understand the difficulties fighting men and women face during the divorce process. Over the last 18 years, Orlando military divorce lawyer Mercedes Wechsler has represented military members and spouses in Florida divorce proceedings. Whether you are a service member or the spouse, the one seeking the divorce or the one who was served, our firm has the skill to guide you through the entire process.
Handling All Aspects of Military Divorce
Military divorce does not have to be overly complicated. Like any other divorce, we work closely with our clients to simplify the process and arrive at the best possible solution. Some of the issues we help clients resolve include:
- Dividing military pensions
- Allocating military benefits
- Time-sharing, parenting plans, child custody and visitation
- Calculating military income
Whether you are stationed at Patrick Air Force Base, work at the Naval Air Warfare Center or have connections to any other military installation in Florida, we can help you through your divorce and its related issues.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
The SCRA was enacted in 2003 to protect active duty and deployed service members in family law proceedings. The key components are:
- Setting aside default judgments: If a default judgment was entered against you because you were deployed and could not be present to argue your case, the court can reopen the matter and possibly vacate the judgment.
- Stay of legal proceedings: Legal proceedings can be postponed until you return from active duty. This is especially important in child custody disputes.
Child Custody and Visitation in Military Divorces
Florida Statute 61.13002 protects members of the military who have a time-sharing or custody arrangement with regard to their children. A military member can assign his or her time-sharing to a family member if the military member is set for active deployment. Both parents have to agree to the assignment, but any objection can be based only on the best interest of the child. If there is no agreement, the court may hold an expedited hearing on the matter. Sometimes this is called concurrent custody and the principles can be used in other situations. The team at Mercedes R. Wechsler, P.A., can assist you in securing your time-sharing if you are facing deployment.
Contact a Kissimmee Child Support Lawyer
If you are a member of the military and are going through a divorce, the law firm of Mercedes R. Wechsler, P.A. can help. To arrange a consultation with an experienced Florida military divorce attorney, call 407-839-1364 or contact our law office online.