Bell County Family Law Attorneys For Central Texas Military Personnel And Dependents

Serving U.S. Service Members And Dependents Throughout Central Texas

Serving your country in the U.S. military offers a unique set of challenges to a stable family life. Overseas deployment, TDY, unusual work shifts and other expectations can put a strain on marriages. When service members stationed in Central Texas decide to divorce, there are frequently issues concerning state laws regarding parenting rights and property division, as well as rights regarding U.S. government benefits that may be taken into account as total compensation.

If you are a U.S. service member or the spouse of a service member stationed at a military base in Central Texas, call Prater & Ridley with your questions about how your military career will affect your divorce. We will meet with you to discuss realistic goals and results, as well as the problems anticipated in handling your matter and the time involved to conclude the process.

Founding partner Carol Prater has been a board-certified family law specialist* for more than 42 years. She practices exclusively in the area of Texas family law and has extensive experience working with military personnel and their spouses in divorce proceedings and other family law matters.

From offices in Temple, our lawyers provide legal counsel for U.S. service members and dependent spouses stationed at Fort Hood, Lackland AFB, Dyess AFB, Goodfellow AFB, Randolph AFB, Fort Sam Houston and other installations throughout Central Texas.

Our attorneys' experience includes representing military personnel in divorce matters involving:

  • Military retirement: We know the various factors that affect military retirement assets, and we know how military assets are divided during divorce.
  • Collection of military retirement: We work with our clients to ensure the necessary steps are taken so retirement benefits can be collected, such as drafting Domestic Relations Orders (DROs).
  • Continuation of health insurance: We know how the continuation of health insurance is calculated for civilian spouses, and we can help ensure you receive the coverage you need.
  • Children's issues: If a service member who has visitation rights is deployed, does another person in his or her family get to exercise his or her visitation? Our lawyers help clients identify the right solutions for their particular situations.
  • Preservation of property: In Texas, most property that is acquired during the marriage is equitably distributed between two divorcing spouses, but not necessarily equally. If you owned property before the marriage or if you were gifted or inherited property after marriage, it is your separate property and cannot be divided on divorce. Our attorneys can help protect your assets and separate property including the pre-marriage portion of your military retirement.

Our firm combines experience, resourcefulness and technology to offer our clients sophisticated representation focused on achieving the best possible outcome for every case. We practice with integrity, including responsive communications and setting clear expectations with our clients. Our fees are competitive and based on transparent billing policies. We accept major credit cards for your convenience.

Our general office hours in Temple are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evening and weekend appointments are available by special arrangement. Call us 254-773-9081 to discuss your legal concerns. You may also use our convenient email contact form to request a consultation with an attorney.

*Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization