Colorado Springs Military Divorce Attorneys
Offering Skilled & Compassionate Legal Services
At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, our attorneys 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
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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 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
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 attorneys 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 we 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
Our divorce attorneys are 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
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 one of our attorneys to make sure that you have
completely and accurately filled out all of the paperwork to finalize
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 one of our qualified professionals 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 divorce attorney from Knies, Helland & McPherson
Law handle the complicated legal process of a military divorce for you.