Contact Slater and Gordon Lawyers for an initial consultation about military divorce. If you’re a member of the Armed Forces, please call freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online for expert advice from solicitors who specialise in military divorce.
The differences between military and civilian divorces
A military divorce follows the same legal procedure as a civilian separation. However, there are a number of ways in which military divorces are different, including:
- The military pension system, which can make military divorces more complex than civilian divorces
- Boarding school allowances, along with the minimum parental contribution for school costs
- Military accommodation
Armed Forces personnel may also need help with children’s issues, including Child Arrangement Orders and where children will live following separation. In addition, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can assist with mediation, property rights, maintenance payments and much more.
If you need help with a separation agreement (which is where the details of what’ll happen to property, assets, children and other crucial matters are outlined in a legal document in case of separation) this is another area in which our experienced family law experts are happy to assist.
Use our online contact form to make an enquiry or arrange a no-obligation consultation to discuss the details of your situation.
You can also call the Slater and Gordon freephone number on 0808 175 8000. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we can offer advice and support whenever you need us.
Call us for specialist advice on military pensions
One of the biggest issues our military divorce solicitors hear from their clients relates to pensions. Military pensions can be far more complicated than other types of pensions, so it’s crucial to make the right decisions at the right time if you’re in the process of divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership.
In the event of a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership, the court has power to take account of pension assets and choose one of a number of different options when it comes to divorce settlements. These include:
- No settlement - allowing both parties to have a clean break, often used when both parties have similar pension arrangements
- Offsetting - this is where individual or shared assets or property are reallocated, which means that the value of pension rights is offset against other assets
- Attachment (in England and Wales) and Earmarking Orders (in Scotland) - where one party receives payment ( either as a lump sum or by periodical payments) from their former spouse’s pension
- Pension sharing - this is where a share of the value of one person’s pension is transferred to their former spouse, making that person a member of the scheme in their own right
Military pension arrangements can be extremely complex. In addition to the potential outcomes above, there are also several different types of military pension. These include:
- AFPS 05 - the scheme for all regular service personnel and new entrants after April 2005
- AFPS 1975 - the scheme for people who served in the Armed Forces between April 1975 and April 2005
- AFPS 15 - introduced in 2015 for serving members of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces
- RFPS 05 - the pension scheme for Reserve Forces
- Pension schemes for veterans
- War Widow(er) Pensions - for people whose spouse or civil partner died before April 2005 as a result of their services for HM Armed Forces
- War disablement pensions
This is why it’s crucial to have an expert on your side to offer advice about the right steps to take. Without this, it’s very easy to make a mistake and end up out of pocket, which can affect your future and that of your family.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have skilled, highly experienced military divorce lawyers on hand across the UK to provide sound, reliable advice. With extensive knowledge of all military pension types and arrangements for pensions during divorce, our solicitors will help you to protect yourself and your interests following a separation.
Our specialist team can offer advice with Pension Sharing Orders (PSOs), Attachment Orders (AOs) and Earmarking Orders (EOs), along with a full range of other financial matters, settlements and more.
Rely on Slater and Gordon Lawyers for specialist advice you can trust
For many people, divorce is their only contact with the legal system, and it can be daunting. At Slater and Gordon Lawyers we recognise this and try not to use legal jargon in our dealings with you. The primary aim for our military divorce solicitors is to provide honest, reliable advice in plain language, with your best interests at the heart of everything we do.
Military divorce is one area of the law where you absolutely need a specialist. Not all law firms have experience in military divorce, so their solicitors may not be familiar with the complexities of legal separation for Armed Forces personnel and their families.
With one of the largest teams of family lawyers in the UK, Slater and Gordon Lawyers should be your first port of call if you need specialist legal advice.
We also offer fixed fees for military divorce law services, which means that there are no unpleasant surprises or unexpected bills at any stage. Our solicitors are clear from the outset in terms of how much their services will cost, so you can proceed with peace of mind and complete confidence.
Call our military divorce solicitors for an initial consultation on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to call you at a convenient time. Our UK contact centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.