With so many Americans overseas on active duty now, those left behind encounter various legal problems that cannot be resolved under normal family court procedures.
Mark E. Sullivan, co-chair of the Military Committee, ABA Family Law Section, has put together a good resource for military couples. A Judge’s Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act , is available on the web site of the American Bar Association.
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act replaces the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act. It appears at 50 U.S.C. App. § 501 et seq. The Judges’ Guide will tell you how judges can decide whom it covers, how it works, and how to administer a case in which a servicemember is involved.