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Military Committee
ABA Section of Family Law

Military Committee


Scope



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.


Resources



UPDATED!
White Paper on Federal Military Custody (Turner Amendment)
This paper addresses Rep. Mike Turner's (Ohio) proposed amendments to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), 50 U.S. Code Appx. 501 et seq. which would federalize child custody cases in which the custodian is in military service. Also included are copies of Turner's bill; statements of opposition by the National Governors Association, the Adjutants General Association of the United States, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court judges, the Conference of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Uniform Law Commission, and the National Military Family Association; and the American Bar Association's 2009 resolution opposing the bill.

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.

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.

Operation Stand-By Lists

Volunteering for Operation Stand-By

For more information, please visit www.militaryprobono.org.

Relocation Resources

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

SILENT PARTNER Handouts
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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Committee Meeting Minutes
View minutes from past Military Committee meetings.


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Family Law Quarterly Vol. 43, No. 2: Symposium on Military Law (Summer 2009) Downloadable PDF
This issue of Family Law Quarterly is a special symposium on military law.

Articles include:

  • A Guide for Assisting Military Families with... more

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Chair:  Phillip J Tucker

Vice-Chair:  Steven Shewmaker

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Programs, Meetings and Events



Committee Events
Keithe E. Nelson Military Law Luncheon
August 8, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law's Military Law Committee.

Tickets: $35 (Purchase when you register for Annual Meeting.)

 
Section Events
May 7, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Fairmont Southampton
Southampton,
Bermuda
Format: Live/In-Person

June 18, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

June 20, 2014 - June 22, 2014
Boston Law Collaborative LLC
Boston,
MA
Format: Live/In-Person

Modified by Hilary Glazer on March 10, 2014

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