At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, our team of military divorce lawyers in Colorado Springs have extensive experience in military family law. Not only is founding attorney Jennifer Knies a graduate of West Point and a retired judge advocate, but founding attorney Kelly McPherson is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and prior Air Force investigator.
Additionally, founding attorney Jennifer Helland has published articles on the new military retirement system and is a well-known divorce attorney in Colorado Springs for military issues such as GI Bill benefits.
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law offers discounts to military and law enforcement families. For more information contact our Colorado Springs military divorce lawyer today at (719) 626-8530.
Military divorce isn’t necessarily more complicated than a civilian divorce; however, certain rules and requirements do apply. Knies, Helland & McPherson Law’s attorneys will work with you to navigate this process in order to complete this process as smoothly as possible. At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, it is our goal to work with you to create a plan of action that is unique to you and your situation while applying our knowledge of military law.
Military Divorce in Colorado
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law’s military divorce attorneys take each client’s unique situation into consideration and offers personalized solutions that would work best for their case. Our firm not only handles traditional military divorces, but we also provide divorce coaching for couples seeking legal guidance and direction. No matter where you are in the process, we will make sure that all the steps and paperwork are complete for the finalization of your divorce.
As tempting as it may be to weather this storm alone, we strongly advise against it. There is too much at stake – fiscally and emotionally – to risk missing an important step or document. At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, our military divorce attorney in Colorado Springs will walk you through this experience with discretion and care. We make it our priority to help our clients seek a new start, even if that does involve a separation from your spouse.
What Is Military Divorce?
It’s quite evident across the United States that divorce rates are on the rise. Whereas divorce was once unheard of, now a significant number of marriages end in divorce. Even so, many people are shocked by the statistics of divorce among military personnel.
Currently there are roughly 1.4 million men and women serving in the military. Of those 1.4 million, roughly 1.2 million are male and 202,000 are female. Among those individuals, there are four main types of marital statuses, including civilian marriages, joint marriages, single with children, and single with no children. Roughly 50 percent of military personnel are in civilian marriages. As of 2000, the enlisted divorce rate was roughly 2.9 percent. However, in 2011, the rate of divorce had risen to 4.1 percent.
With those statistics, it’s important that you know that you are not alone in this. Not only are there other individuals facing the same challenge as you are, but the military divorce attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law are here to walk you through the process. We will support you along the way and help you come up with a personalized solution strategy to help you walk away from the process with as much dignity as you deserve.
How Long Can Military Divorces Take?
The military divorce process, like any other divorce proceeding, is lengthy, but it is doable. In some cases, the process may be extended if you or your spouse is on active duty. Likewise, you are required to go through a period of separation in most states prior to an official divorce proceeding.
During the separation and divorce process, the way you conduct yourself can significantly impact your military career. For example, if you are engaged in an active relationship or dating, you could face military disciplinary proceedings.
Our military divorce attorney is knowledgeable of the unique rules and regulations surrounding military divorce and will advise you how to proceed to avoid any unnecessary and unfounded allegations. We are not here to just represent you in court. We want to make sure that you are taken care of on a personal level, too.
Do I Need an Attorney for a Military Divorce?
Like with any civilian divorce, you can complete the paperwork necessary to divorce your spouse on your own, but it’s not always advisable. Trying to understand all of the legal issues surrounding a divorce is hard enough, but especially so if your case is complicated by certain military related issues. There is too much for you to lose, including money, benefits, and even custody, if you risk going it alone. At the very least, work with our Colorado Springs military divorce lawyer to make sure that you have completely and accurately filled out all of the paperwork to finalize your divorce.
What are the Risks of Completing a Military Divorce Without an Attorney?
The risks associated with trying to do it yourself are many. Going it alone will not only involve more headache, it could also result in:
- Extended length of the process due to incomplete or inaccurate paperwork.
- Mistakes in child support calculation
- Inaccurate property descriptions and/or retirement fund reporting.
- Vague and incomplete parental and custody plans.
Trying to tackle the paperwork and decision-making process of a divorce on your own is not only emotionally taxing, but it is also mentally draining. Allowing our qualified military divorce lawyer to handle the legal side of it for you will help you focus on the emotional healing that you need during this period.
Contact us today online or call us at (719) 626-8530 to have a qualified military divorce attorney from Knies, Helland & McPherson Law handle the complicated legal process of a military divorce for you.
"Kelly McPherson is by far one of the best custody attorneys I have ever encountered, she does her job and she does it well. I love her positive approach to a messy situation."Paige L.
Just good solid representation and advice.Jeffrey K.
You are in good hands with Ms. Kelly and her team.Anjelica D.
The partners and attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson are seasoned litigators with decades of combined courtroom experience. We help clients transition into the next phase of their life.
Clients Come FirstOur Attorneys believe you can part ways with a loved one with dignity and respect, without harming your children. They also believe divorce and mediation can be much less confrontational and toxic, and far less expensive.
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