What Is The Soldiers And Sailors Civil Relief Act?
The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief of 1940 (later merged with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act that was signed into law in 2003) was enacted to protect military personnel called to active duty from various civil legal actions. The law limits credit card and mortgage interest. It prevents a landlord from evicting a tenant serving in the military. It also provides delays for civil court actions involving military personnel, specifically divorce.
I am family law attorney Keith Schulefand and at the law office of Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., in Buffalo, New York, I handle military divorces and have a thorough knowledge of the act and how it applies to a client involved in a military divorce.
Giving You The Time You Need To Serve Your Country
If you are on active duty, you probably do not have time to deal with legal matters. While lawsuits still need a response, automatic stays will allow you to do your job. I understand the emotional elements of any divorce action. Sometimes, a couple just wants to get it over with and move on with their lives.
However, the importance of military service for someone on extended deployment or based overseas takes precedent according to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Divorce is a complicated and personal matter that can be a major distraction to spouses serving their country abroad.
The Importance Of Consulting With An Experienced Military Divorce Attorney
In the end, it is best to consult with an experienced military divorce attorney who has a thorough knowledge of the applicable laws and acts. I can let you know your rights and how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act applies to you.
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