Imagine that you're working for your country for an extended period in an inhospitable area many thousands of miles away from your spouse and children, and you suddenly receive an order to appear in a court back home regarding a family law matter. Failure to do so, notes the order, will put you in contempt and subject you to various -- and serious -- penalties.
That hardly seems fair, does it?
In fact, it is scenarios like that which have led to material reforms over the years regarding family law processes relevant to U.S. military members and their families. We note on our website at the law firm of Zachary A. VanDyke, PA, for instance, that a currently active servicemember working overseas "has the right to postpone divorce proceedings until they return from deployment." In fact, relevant federal law safeguards military members deployed in remote locations from civil law application in a number of instances.
For immediately understandable reasons, military divorce and related family law concerns stand out as distinctly different from considerations that often arise in civilian decouplings. Although commonality attaches at certain points, the very nature of military law renders family law rules and processes a realm unto themselves.
Candidly, and unsurprisingly, a family law attorney who practices only in the civilian world can quickly become lost when representing military clients, which can result in outcomes that do not routinely promote the best interests of those individuals and their families.
Zachary A. VanDyke is not such an attorney. Rather, he has a long-tenured military background that combines experience as both an ex-combat veteran and an active member of the U.S. Army JAG Corps.
The attorneys at our Panama City law firm deeply value our military clients and steadfastly seek to promote their best interests and obtain best-case outcomes when we advocate on their behalf.
We welcome questions and contacts to the firm.