American Bar Association
Military Committee
ABA Section of Family Law

Military Committee


Studies issues relating to clients in the military and their families, including procedural issues unique to the military, and custody and visitation, divorce, alimony/support, military pension division and Survivor Benefit Plan issues affecting military divorces. Reviews state and federal legislation and initiatives where ABA policy is affected, and teaches lawyers how to deal with military matters affecting state court legal disputes.

Military Committee Description

Related Products

    20+ Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce (Spanish & English)

    20+ Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce (Spanish & English)

    New from Family Advocate, this bilingual handout for divorce clients offers Spanish/English answers to common questions about the legal process, property division, custody, taxes, and more. Download the pdf and print out what you need. Sample Q&A en Espanol Q. ?Cuanto tiempo tardara el divorcio? A. Hay ...


CLE Program Materials
These course materials are from programs presented for JAG Officers and other individuals who assist military personnel with family law issues. The programs contain information on divorce, domestic violence, custody, jurisdiction problems and more.

Military Divorce CLE - presented May 2006
A Short Course in Military Family Law Issues - presented September 2005

Fact Sheets
VA Payments and Family Support -- NEW!

LEGAL EAGLE Client Handouts

Military Custody and Visitation Legislation
The Section is working to support those states which want to update and improve their laws protecting military personnel and their children in visitation and custody cases. Here are some resources which may be useful in drafting such legislation.

Pro Bono Opportunities

ABA Military Pro Bono Project

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military legal assistance attorneys anywhere in the world on behalf of junior-enlisted servicemembers with civil legal issues requiring services beyond what military attorneys can provide. The Project then places these cases with attorneys who offer to provide pro bono help where the legal assistance is needed in the United States. There is a large need for family law attorneys. Register here to get involved.

Operation Stand-By

The ABA Section of Family Law Military Committee has partnered with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project to help create a single, password-secured Operation Stand-By. Attorneys who sign up agree to take calls or emails from JAG officers in need of attorney-to-attorney advice on state-specific legal information relating to the attorneys’ legal area of expertise. Military attorneys can access the Operation Stand-By attorney lists here.

For more information, please visit

Relocation Resources

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
This information is pertinent to the public, judges, and military personnel.

These handouts are a lawyer-to-lawyer resource for military legal assistance attorneys and civilian lawyers. It is an attempt to explain general issues about military family law - in plain English, without too many footnotes, and in a way that lawyers who are short on time and topic knowledge can easily understand. These information letters are written by Committee Chair Mark Sullivan of Raleigh, NC, and are listed in alphabetical order by title.

TAKE-1 Handouts
These handouts are client information letters prepared by Mark Sullivan for the North Carolina State Bar's Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. They are available at all military legal assistance offices in North Carolina and may be reprinted and/or adapted by other states, by civilian practitioners and by other military legal offices with an acknowledgment as follows: This handout is based on a TAKE-1 information letter prepared by the North Carolina State Bar's Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. It is reprinted with permission from the Committee.

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Additional Links

Additional links of interest for the public, judges and military personnel.

Newsletter: Roll Call

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Keithe E. Nelson Military Law Luncheon

August 5, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Ticket price: $35.00 per person
Section Events

    2016 Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference

    Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    Come join us for excellent CLE and historical & cultural delights in one of the oldest settlements in North America--Quebec City, Quebec. Known for its storybook beauty, this city will provide an enchanting backdrop as you learn from, and network with, fellow family law attorneys from the United States, ...

Modified by Marsha Boone on July 26, 2016

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