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American Bar Association

Dependent Support Regulations of the U.S. Armed Forces

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes


The American Bar Association Standing Committee for Legal Assistance to Military Personnel, Section of Family Law, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and Center for Professional Development

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain

10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific

Program Description

This presentation will be of interest and utility to all family law practitioners whose clients include active duty service members or their families. It will address the mechanism by which estranged civilian spouses and their children can obtain financial support through the armed forces, even in the absence of a court order, a matter of special importance when member is deployed, assigned overseas, or otherwise not readily available for service of process, or may have a federal right to delay state court proceedings.

The presentation examines the widely varying dependent support regulations of each of the armed forces, including their limitations and exceptions, as well as Department of Defense Regulations applicable to all branches. Particularly detailed attention will be given to the regulations of the Army and Marine Corps. The CLE will provide guidance concerning military pay and allowances, sources of information concerning military pay, and the relationship between various aspects of military pay to dependent support requirements.

The role of and resources available through military legal assistance offices will be reviewed. Family Separation Allowance will be discussed, including the circumstances by which it may be forfeited or recouped based on divorce, estrangement, or separation. Finally, the course will address the implications of service support regulations to the effective drafting of marital separation agreements.

Program Faculty

Michael S. Archer, Legal Assistance Director, Marine Corps Installations East, Camp Lejeune, NC

Marie A. Joiner-Avon, Deputy Chief Legal Assistance, XVIII ABN Corp OSJA, Fort Bragg, NC

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The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

New York: This non-transitional CLE program is approved for experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York CLE credits. Newly admitted attorneys may not earn New York credit for this non-transitional CLE program. All attorneys may click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction

Registration Options

- Individual
- CD-ROM (Pre-Orders)

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Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern
Event Code: cet4dsr
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$95 Standing Committee for Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Members, Section of Family Law Members, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Members
$150 ABA Members
$195 General Public
$99 Government Attorneys

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