Military Service Members and Dependents

Military Service Members and Dependents

If you are a military service member (active, retired, a spouse or a military dependent), and find yourself in a family law situation, seek immediate legal advice to avoid problems and to protect your rights and stay in the good graces of the courts, the Department of Defense, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Veterans Administration and the Military.

With the exception of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Solders, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guardsmen are challenged with following the civil law in the jurisdiction where they reside and conform with the mandates of the Uniform Military Code of Justice (USMJ) found at 10 U.S.C. §§ 801–946, the Uniformed Spouses Protection Act, their governing instructions, regulations or local command requirements. You most likely need expert legal counsel. Unless your attorney has prior experience navigating that complex uniformed services culture, regardless of whether you are active duty, reserves, retired, or a spouse, your legal needs are at risk of not being adequately met. Mr. Gobel has represented many military servicemembers of all branches, stationed locally and all across the globe. He is skilled in all areas of military property rights, including retirement pay and survivor benefits. Former clients include a Navy Seal, Ranger, an Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Pilot (Night Stalker), a Marine A-H1 Super Cobra Helicopter Squadron Commander, several Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal experts, numerous 92d Air Refueling Wing officers and enlisted personnel, along with scores of other armed forces heroes and veterans. No legal strategy survives contact with an opposing party, so hire Mr. Gobel early to help you develop the best plan, commence action and adjust as the legal situation develops.