Representation By A Former Service Member
Military service can take a toll on marriages, and military personnel have different considerations than their civilian counterparts when they divorce. It is important to work with a lawyer who understands the key issues.
Carl Mangine has practiced since 2003 in Texas family law. Before that, he served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force. He is attuned to military life and the pressures on military couples and families. He is also familiar with military pensions and other unique issues at play in military divorce.
Divorce And Family Law For Military Personnel
The law firm of Carl J. Mangine, Attorney at Law, PLLC, serves Guadalupe County and surrounding areas of Texas. Mr. Mangine regularly represents retired military and active duty personnel from Randolph Air Force Base, as well as their non-military spouses.
“Military divorce” is a misleading term. Divorce is handled by the local civilian courts. However, distinctions of federal law and other issues unique to military service can affect everything from child custody and child support to division of property. Mr. Mangine can knowledgeably address:
- Thrift Savings Plans (TSP), the military equivalent of a 401(k)
- Military pensions and the 10/10 rule
- Housing allowance (BAH) and meals (BAS)
- Military pay and benefits
- Transfers and deployments
Under the Service Members Civil Relief Act, for example, active duty personnel can delay family court proceedings while they are deployed. This prevents “stealth” actions by a civilian spouse to obtain a divorce or custody or relocation in the military spouse’s absence. On the other side of the coin, civilian spouses may have a partial or fully vested claim on the service member’s retirement benefits, apart from the community property presumption under Texas law.
The Experienced Advocacy You Need And Deserve
Carl Mangine can help clients sort out these issues and hopefully come to an amicable arrangement. When that is not possible, he is an experienced courtroom lawyer who will aggressively represent you in contested proceedings.