At Lawyers Mutual, we frequently receive calls from our insureds concerning the impact of the military status of one party on a domestic case. Often, the starting point (and sometimes the ending point) for answering such questions is the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Sometimes the question involves the proper handling of a military pension. In terms of malpractice claims, this is probably the issue that has generated more claims than any other issue having to do with military status. However, military status can affect the procedure and substantive law in every domestic case.
Help is at hand. We have added a new book to our Lawyers Mutual Lending Library. The Military Divorce Handbook: A Practical Guide to Representing Military Personnel and Their Families, by Mark Sullivan is an invaluable resource when faced with a military divorce issue. The book covers the following topics:
Chapter 1 – Starting the Case
Chapter 2 – The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Chapter 3 – Custody and Visitation
Chapter 4 – Family Support
Chapter 5 – Domestic Violence
Chapter 6 – Divorce
Chapter 7 – Family Law Tax Issues
Chapter 8 – Pension and Property Division
There is also a Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations and Acronyms, as well as a Table of Cases.
Mark is uniquely qualified to write this book. He is the principal of Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A., in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is certified as a family law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar. Perhaps more to the point, Mark is a retired Army colonel who has for many years written and spoken widely on military family law.