A family law acronym with relevance for some: What is the SCRA?

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2018 | divorce, Firm News

We make a prominent military-specific observation linked with divorce on our Illinois family law website at Mitchell Highlander, LLC.

And that is this: “When a military marriage falters, several aspects of service life can affect how divorce proceedings are initiated and resolved.”

That point can scarcely be overemphasized, since what we refer to on our site as “the rules of the system” are comparatively quite different in military life and civilian life, respectively.

The sheer contrasts that can arise range across a broad spectrum and readily invite input from a family law attorney commanding a deep well of experience working with servicemembers and their families.

We focus specifically in today’s post upon the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. That federal statutory law can prominently feature in many divorce and family law-tied matters affecting military members in Illinois and across the country.

The news provider Military.com notes in an overview summary of the SCRA and its family law implications that the law helps servicemembers avoid “being taken advantage of while on active duty and away from home.”

It does that via a comprehensive bulleted list of stated protections that kick in regarding various situations. We prominently spotlight one of those protections on our website, namely, that a divorce or other proceeding against an eligible military member can be stayed or continued for 90 days following commencement. That can be tremendously important in, say a matter involving child custody or support.

A military member or spouse having questions or concerns regarding any aspect of family law might reasonably seek out an attorney well versed in military-specific rules and processes for counsel. Doing so simply makes sense in a realm that differs materially from civilian law in many respects.