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How to Handle a Military Divorce

Military divorce cases require specialized knowledge and skills to navigate. Determining asset division and agreements, can be more complicated for military families than it is in a typical New Jersey divorce. At the Law Offices of Richard C. Klein, our Cherry Hill divorce attorneys offer knowledgeable and experienced legal representation to help military families transition as smoothly as possible during a divorce.

Hire a Knowledgeable Lawyer

Not every Cherry Hill divorce lawyer is familiar with the unique challenges that may arise in a military divorce. It is important to do your research and find a divorce attorney with experience handling military divorce cases. Hiring a lawyer who has successfully navigated similar situations for previous clients and can anticipate potential challenges can help you get through the divorce as painlessly as possible, while ensuring your rights, your family and your future are protected.

Military divorce is often complicated by various state and federal laws that apply during each step of the process. Rather than risking the financial security, benefits, and custody you deserve, it pays to do your research ahead of time and choose a military divorce lawyer who knows how to protect your interests in a divorce settlement.

Stay Organized from the Start

If you are seriously considering divorce, you will need to gather all relevant documents and paperwork and organize it in an easy to navigate system. Determining what benefits and assets may be classified as marital property before filing for divorce can help eliminate surprises and reduce stress. Maintaining  comprehensive, accurate records will help set the tone for the divorce proceedings and can mean the difference between achieving a fair settlement, and later discovering there were additional assets you did not consider but may be entitled to.

Take Care of Yourself

When emotions are high, the divorce process gets more difficult and stressful. Taking care of your health and engaging in activities that reduce stress can help you stay focused and help your divorce proceed smoothly.

Increased stress levels can cause people to make poor decisions that could have a negative impact on the outcome of a divorce.

Cherry Hill Divorce Lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard C. Klein Understand the Unique Challenges of a Military Divorce in New Jersey

We have the experience and knowledge necessary to successfully advocate for our clients’ interests in military divorce cases. Call (856) 544-9155, or to schedule a confidential consultation with a military divorce lawyer in New Jersey.

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Things to Know About Divorce and Special Needs Children

Divorce is difficult for both parents and children, but when a special needs child is involved, finding the best solution can be tricky. Families often rely on public programs for an array of medical and financial needs to properly care for their child with special needs. Without careful planning, divorce and the resulting court-sanctioned settlements may derail many such programs. This can cause unforeseen difficulties for both parents and the child.

Government benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid help families defray the increasing costs of caring for children with special needs. However, these benefits are subject to incomes derived by parents. Although a couple with a child with special needs may qualify for benefits while together, when divorced, child support and custody payments may cause complications. Divorcing parents need to consider such matters during the settlement process lest they find themselves unable to adequately care for their disabled child’s current and future needs.

Factors That Impact Eligibility for Special Needs Social Services

In considering eligible income for purposes of providing needed supplemental coverage, the value of a home, the direct income earned by parents, and certain investments may be used. In addition, the age of the child, the exact nature of the disability, and life insurance proceeds may impact the ability of a special needs child to receive public assistance.

A parent will want to avoid anything that may cut the child off from public benefits because obtaining these later may be more difficult.

Some of the ways to prevent disruption of benefits is to set up a special needs trust for the child. A trust will ensure that the benefits remain intact while the support is paid to a trustee rather than directly to the child. Take insurance for example. When parents divorce, a common practice is to remove the former spouse as a primary beneficiary and name the child. This can cause the child to have the policy counted as income. A trust can prevent this outcome.

Another factor to consider is the situation of social services rendered to one of the parents. Some parents may be receiving SSI themselves. If a child is under the age of 22 at the time the parent begins to receive Social Security payments, the child may be eligible to draw a payment which is separate and does not impact the parent’s income.

Cherry Hill Divorce Lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard C. Klein Help Protect Special Needs Children

Divorce is difficult and the laws related to providing for special needs children can make it more so. The New Jersey divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard C. Klein understand how to help clients protect their assets and the benefits provided to their children. If you have a special needs child, it will be in the interest of all involved to get in touch today, whether you are considering or already engaged in seeking a divorce. Contact us online or call now at 856-544-9155. We not only serve clients in Cherry Hill but also Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Marlton, Moorestown, and throughout New Jersey.