There are a few special issues related to people in the military as to divorce. To the United States Armed Forces, support of the family is important. In addition, there are special rules related to division of military benefits and retirement that are unlike the rules related to retirement assets. In addition, when there are children involved, issues related to prospective deployment must be addressed in any final decree. It takes attorneys with experience to be able to assess the individual member's needs, and you can find attorneys with the experience necessary to navigate the minefield of military divorce.

"Bad Luck 'N Trouble" was written by blues legend Bukka White, who was the son of a railroad worker and talented musician named John White. Many people facing divorce immediately assume "Bad Luck 'N Trouble" is what lies in their future. This is not necessarily true. If you are worried about the effect your divorce may have on your future, we encourage you to contact us to discuss it.

Parenting Time

At Centuori & Associates, PC, our lawyers are focused on finding ways to effectively address the unique issues that each family faces during a divorce. Where parenting time (half-time or shared equal time) is concerned, a job or career can introduce unique complications. The traditional parenting time model, which assigns specific days of the week to each co-parent, generally does not work well for people in certain professions such as:

  • Military All enlisted military personnel, including those stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, face the possibility of being deployed or transferred. These possibilities must be clearly addressed in both temporary and permanent child custody agreements.
  • Railroad workers Railroad workers, including those employed by Union Pacific, often have schedules that consist of working for several days in a row followed by several days off. It is easy to see how the railroad worker's schedule cannot fit into the "standard" parenting schemes. Without exception, any parenting plan involving railroad employees must be specifically addressed in the parenting time agreements. In addition, railroad retirement (tier 1, tier 2, etc.) is extremely complicated and must be accurately delineated in the final decree.
  • Firefighters and police officers — Unusual work schedules and the specific issues when having to work on-call should be carefully addressed in the parenting time agreement. Similar to other government workers, there may be complex retirement issues, such as deferred compensation and state pension that must be divided while taking into account whether or not the worker has contributed to Social Security.

Our firm recognizes that an effective and productive long-term relationship between co-parents can greatly improve the quality of life for every member of the family. We are here to help you to establish and maintain the lines of communication that form the basis of such a relationship.

Division of Pension

We understand the complexities involved in addressing the standard 401(k), pensions and deferred compensation accounts offered by many employers. We also have experience with the unique challenges inherent in attempting to divide military retirement benefits provided by the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), the packages available to police officers and firefighters through the state of Arizona, and the retirement options offered to railroaders by companies like Union Pacific.

Disability

We are familiar with the way disability income is handled by the Arizona court system. We have also successfully identified creative legal solutions for numerous clients trying to preserve their time with the children, despite the limitations of a disability.

Experienced Railroad and Firefighter Divorce Attorney

From our office in Tucson, Arizona, Centuori & Associates, PC represents clients throughout the Tucson area. Contact us toll free at 800-315-0028 to arrange an initial consultation with an experienced Tucson military divorce attorney. Hablamos español.