Military Divorce


Military Divorce in Tampa
Military families face unique issues when divorcing. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act says that the state of legal residence of the military member always has the power to divide the military pension in a divorce. Additionally, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act allows active-duty service members to request a “stay” (that is, to delay the proceedings) of a divorce or other claims (such as spousal support, custody, child support, property division and military division) if their duties prevent them from participating in or responding to the court action. The initial “stay” is for at least 90 days. The court can grant extensions after 90 days, but one can’t postpone the divorce forever. The purpose of the “stay” is to delay the court action as long as the military member’s duties interfere with his/her participation.

Florida Military Divorce Attorneys
Open Palm attorneys understand the unique issues involved in military divorces. We also appreciate your service. Open Palm offers special rates for veterans and military members.

FAQs for Military Divorce

No. The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act allows for the protection of a service-member from being found in default of an action during his/her active duty, and up to 60 days after, so that the military spouse is not found in default while serving our nation.





“Joryn was simply amazing. Her supporting, consistent, honest, and most importantly – productive – approach was exactly what I needed to get through the process. A court trial was imminent if we did not have a successful mediation (the third one!), and no other attorney was able to focus the entire team like Joryn.”Danielle, January 2016



Open Palm in Tampa, Florida is proud to present our firm’s founder, Joryn Jenkins. Please take a moment to read about her qualifications to assist you. We also invite you to view her resume.

In the beginning, Ms. Jenkins worked for one of the ten largest law firms in the country in its Washington, D.C. office. After nearly three years practicing in all aspects of regulatory law, she took a break from big firm life to work exclusively for one of her own clients on a class action involving more than fifty sex discrimination claims in California. When she returned to the East Coast, she accepted an offer from the state attorney in Tampa, E.J. Salcines (now an appellate judge). CONTINUE READING…