At the law firm of Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC in OKC and Norman, clients find military divorce lawyers who are committed to exploring and explaining all their options when it comes to marital dissolution. We offer dedicated, affordable counsel to military personnel and their spouses stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, the Oklahoma City area and throughout the state.
We assist clients with the division of military retirement benefits, determining the correct jurisdiction in which to file, pursuing child custody and resolving numerous other complex issues associated with military divorce.
Attorney Bow Bottomly has served in the Marine Corps since 2004, giving him a personal understanding of the issues and concerns facing military families.
Divorce Involving Active Duty Military Personnel
We understand the nuances of the Service members Civil Relief Act, which replaced the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940. Under this act, the active duty members of the armed forces can choose to put their divorces on hold temporarily, allowing them to focus on doing the job at hand instead of worrying over personal matters back home.
We can also review your Leave and Earnings Statement and explain how hazardous duty pay, overseas pay and other earnings may factor into your child support payments.
Divorce Involving Retired Military Personnel
If you or your spouse served in the armed forces for at least 10 years, and those years coincided with at least 10 years of your marriage, the Former Spouses' Protection Act (FSPA) may apply to your divorce. If this is the case, the spouse of the service member may receive military pension payments directly from the government, if that spouse is eligible to share in the pension.
Under the "20/20/20 rule," the nonmilitary spouse may qualify for even more government benefits if:
- The marriage lasted at least 20 years, and
- Those two decades of marriage coincided with at least 20 years of military service
For Knowledgeable Counsel, Call Ball & Morse, PLLC
Whether you need a determined divorce lawyer to defend your rights or you simply want help navigating a sea of legal paperwork, contact Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC. Call 405-701-5355 or contact our military divorce attorneys via email to arrange a initial consultation.