Handle Divorce Involving Service Members Without Blunder
Take a look at how you can prepare to deal with the unique issues that arise when a military family contemplates divorce. Do you have the confidence and the knowledge required to educate your clients on how divorce might impact their military benefits? Join our experienced faculty and learn effective tips on how to handle military divorce while avoiding some of the top errors made during the process. Register today!
Review the differences between military and civilian divorces.
Identify essential documents required for military divorce.
Understand how to divide a military pension.
Know how survivor benefit plans are handled upon divorce.
Avoid common pitfalls associated with military divorce.
What's Different? Military vs. Civilian Divorce
Support and Medical Benefits: Basic Overview, Prominent Issues, and Problems
Child Custody Issues: Family Care Plans, Relocation, SCRA Rights, and More
Dividing Military Retired Pay/Pension (w/ Sample Documents)
Joseph A DeWoskin is a solo practitioner in Kansas City, Kansas. He practices in the area of family law, military law, landlord/tenant, Uniform Services and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and general litigation. Mr. DeWoskin is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri, U.S. Federal District Court of Kansas, United States Army Criminal Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He has over 29 years of legal experience, including nearly nine years of service on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. Mr. DeWoskin retired in 2018, as a Lieutenant Colonel, after serving approximately 27 years, both on active duty and in the U.S. Army Reserves. He has been retained on multiple occasions to testify and assist as an expert on legal matters relating to divorce involving military personnel, including cases involving the division of military retirement, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and rights under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act. Mr. DeWoskin has taught CLEs nationwide on issues including military specific family law issues related to divorce, child support, child custody, and the division of the military retirement, as well as, the SCRA and USERRA. He received his B.A. degree from Washington & Jefferson College and his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Kristopher Hilscher is an attorney with the Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A., where he focuses his practice to family law. He provides counsel to those facing divorce, custody, alimony, equitable distribution, high net worth divorce, complex estates and business divisions, domestic violence, child support, and all related family law matters. Mr. Hilscher is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He earned his B.A. degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his J.D. degree from Campbell University.
Vanessa N Puhak in an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A. Ms. Puhak is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and obtained her J.D. degree from Campbell University-Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she served our country as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. She began her legal career at Legal Aid of North Carolina handling family law cases, especially those involving victims of domestic violence. She also has experience in international child abduction cases. As a former Army officer and former military spouse, Ms. Puhak has an in-depth understanding of the issues and outcomes involved with military related divorce. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and the 10th Judicial District and Wake County Bar Associations.
Mark Sullivan is the principal of Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has limited his trial practice to family law since 1981 and has been certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Family Law Specialist since 1989. Mr. Sullivan's book, The Military DivorceHandbook, was published in 2006 by the American Bar Association. He updated the book in 2011. Mr. Sullivan has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Town & Country Magazine, Law Weekly USA and has had articles published in the American Journal of Family Law, Family Law Quarterly, Family Advocate, The Military Law Review, the Army Lawyer, Family Advocate, and The Practical Lawyer. He is a frequent speaker at military and family law programs and is an annual lecturer on family law at the Army JAG School and the Naval Justice School. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the Judge Advocates Association, and the Reserve Officers Association. He is certified by the AAML as a family law arbitrator and is the past-president of the North Carolina Chapter of the AAML. Mr. Sullivan is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He earned his B.A. degree from Kenyon College and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia.
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