March 10, 2015
While divorce can generally be challenging, Colorado military divorce may be far more complicated than civilian divorce cases, as there may be federal laws that come into play (in addition to the state laws), impacting how the major issues of the divorce are resolved.
Given that Colorado military divorce can be quite different from civilian divorce, in this blog, we’ll respond to some commonly asked questions about Colorado military divorce. If you need help with a Colorado military divorce – or with any type of divorce or family law issue, you can turn to the trusted Littleton divorce lawyers at Bahr & Kreidle for experienced help and the highest quality legal services.
Answers about Colorado Military Divorce
Q – I want to file for divorce from my spouse who is on active duty. What do I need to know about serving my spouse?
A – You should be aware that your spouse is protected by the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (50 USC Section 521). What this can end up meaning for you is that:
- You have to make sure that your spouse is served with a copy of the divorce action wherever (s)he is currently on active duty – even if that means having your partner served in another state or overseas.
- Your partner has the option to postpone the divorce proceeding for as long as (s)he is on active duty, as well as for up to 60 days thereafter.
The reason for these protections is to prevent members of the military from being divorced without their knowledge. Here, we also want to note that members of the military can waive the postponement of their divorce cases if they want to proceed with an uncontested divorce.
Q – Are there residency requirements for Colorado military divorce?
A – The only residency requirements associated with Colorado military divorce are that:
- You live in Colorado; or
- Your spouse lives in Colorado; or
- You or your spouse has been stationed in Colorado.
If these conditions apply to your situation, then you meet the “residency” requirements for Colorado military divorce.
You can get some more important info about Colorado military divorce in the two additional installments of this blog series that will be published soon. We encourage you to check them out!
Littleton Divorce Lawyers at Bahr & Kreidle
Are you ready for some experienced help with your divorce case? If so, the Littleton divorce attorneys at Bahr & Kreidle are here for you, ready to provide you with the highest quality legal services. Since 1983, our lawyers have been dedicated to aggressively advocating our clients’ rights and interests in their divorce cases, and we are ready to help you resolve your divorce case as favorably and efficiently as possible.
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