American Bar Association
Section of Family Law: Military Committee

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

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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.

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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.

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Ethical Challenges in Supporting Client Independence and Autonomy


    Supporting a client's desire for independence and autonomy raises myriad ethical challenges when family members disagree or when there are serious questions about the clients' capacity. This session will apply the model rules to common scenarios to illustrate conflicts in determining who the client is, ...

    Raising ADA Claims to Advocate for Parents with Disabilities in Child Welfare Cases


    The event will be held on 03/14/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Commission on Law and Aging,Center for Professional Development,Commission On Disability Rights,Center on Children and the Law,Section of Dispute Resolution,Section of Family Law,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Division for Public Services. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Cross Examination: Principles, Strategies, Techniques


    Cross Examination: Principles, Strategies, Techniques

Modified by Marsha Boone on February 13, 2018

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