Winter Park Military Divorce Attorney
Professional, Responsible Representation
Overseas deployment and the stress of military service can sometimes lead to strained family relationships for servicemen and women. At Cotter & Zelman, P.A., we help military families navigate the unique pressures and concerns they face when dealing with family law matters such as divorce, time sharing (child custody) and the division of retirement benefits.
Military divorce often involves complex issues governed by both state and federal law. With more than 65 years of combined legal experience, our Winter Park military divorce attorneys understand the issues that are particular to military families. We are committed to helping you protect your rights, safeguard your financial security and make the best possible decisions for your children. We assist active and retired military personnel and their spouses in all aspects of military divorce and other family law issues, including:
- Military pensions and retirement benefits
- Child custody and time sharing
- Child support
- Property distribution
- Domestic violence
- Relocation of minor children
Child Custody And Time Sharing
In Florida, child custody is called “time sharing.” Florida courts determine time-sharing issues based on the best interests of the child, and they are required to consider the special circumstances of military families in rendering their decisions.
Florida law does not automatically presume that a child’s best interests are served by awarding custody to the nonmilitary parent. Rather, the law provides for modification of parenting plans in the event that an active military parent is deployed or permanently transferred to another area.
If you are facing a child custody battle, or you have questions or concerns about time-sharing issues in the context of military divorce, Cotter & Zelman, P.A., can give you the trustworthy answers and strong representation you need.
Military Pensions And Retirement Benefits
The value of military pensions and retirement benefits can be quite substantial. The Uniformed Services Former Spouse’s Protection Act (USFSPA) may give the former spouse of a service member the right to include a military retirement account as marital property that is subject to equitable distribution in the event of divorce.
The way the pension benefits are divided is dependent on several factors, including the duration of the parties’ marriage. Whether you are a member of the service, or a military spouse, we can help you understand your rights and protect your interests.
Contact Our Winter Park Military Divorce Attorneys
If you are in need of an attorney with knowledge and experience in the field of military divorce, call Cotter & Zelman, P.A., at 321-594-2761 or contact us by email to schedule a free consultation.