Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys
Hiring a Military Divorce Attorney. First, whether you are a military service member, retired service member, or spouse, let me thank you for your service and dedication to our nation. Without you and your sacrifice, we would not have the freedom this great nation affords us. Andrew Swartzberg takes great pride in having served out country with you and will take great pride in serving you now. It is my pleasure to offer a 20% military discount to our service members and spouses, both past and present. It is extremely important to hire the right Military Divorce Attorney, one that has been where you are and gone through the same things as you.
Not only is Andrew an experienced Oklahoma Military Divorce Attorney, he also served for ten (10) years on Active Duty in the United States Air Force. He entered active duty in December of 2001 and was first stationed at Beale AFB, CA as a crew chief on the U-2 after his initial training at Lackland AFB, TX and Sheppard AFB, TX. He left Beale AFB in 2004 to Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL where he received his commission. In 2004, He went to Tyndall AFB, FL where he completed his Air Battle Manager training in 2005. In 2006, he was stationed at Tinker AFB, OK where he was assigned to the 963rd AACS.
He deployed in 2007 with the 963rdEAACS where he flew over 350 combat mission hours on the E-3 AWACS. After returning from his deployment, he was assigned to the 966th training squadron as an in flight instructor. he began law school in 2008 while still serving on Active Duty and was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force in 2011, the same year he graduated Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Having spent time on both enlisted and as an officer, he understands the military, the benefits, and the implications of being a good military divorce attorney and other aspects of military law. Deployments, change of stations, retirements, TRICARE, and TSP are just a few issues that arises with respect to the division of a marital estate, and not to mention, complications that come along with child custody, visitation, and support. Before you do anything, whether you are a spouse or service member, you need an experienced Oklahoma military divorce attorney fighting for you. Call Andre today today!
If you are considering a divorce at this time, it is extremely important that you contact Andrew today so you can sit down and prepare for litigation. Preparation does not merely entail filing for divorce. Your actions, and the actions of your spouse, prior to filing for divorce can have a major impact on the court’s decision in your case when it comes to child custody, possession of property, child support, payment of debts, alimony, and even payment of attorney’s fees and costs. Walking into court with the proper preparation, legal advice, evidence, and an experienced military divorce attorney will significantly help you when it comes to contested matters.We can also help you with your child custody issues.
Most likely, if you have already been served, you have read through the documents and have many concerns, questions, and are wondering how you can respond. First and foremost, do not sign anything and send it back to your spouse’s attorney. Come and see Andrew Swartzberg, an experienced military divorce attorney for a free consultation and let him answer your questions for you. There also may be a court hearing already set and the sooner you retain a military divorce attorney, the more time to respond and prepare for the hearing. Your spouse has probably received preparation from his or her attorney and you need to be prepared as well. It is imperative that you start getting prepared today. Additionally, if you fail to properly respond within twenty (20) days, or if you fail to appear at court, your spouse is likely to get everything he or she has asked for. Do not let this happen to you!
Generally, you will have your first court appearance anywhere from five (5) to thirty (30) days after being served or you filing. By retaining an experienced military divorce attorney in Oklahoma, you will go into the hearing prepared. You may still be nervous about appearing or the unknown outcome; however, you will go in there with an attorney that knows family law, that understands your position, that will be honest with you about what the potential outcome will be, and will be prepared to negotiate with opposing counsel prior to the hearing to work on a settlement. You can expect to meet with Andrew the week of your initial court appearance to discuss your matter and prepare you for court. We will gather and prepare necessary exhibits that relate to child custody, possession of property, child support, payment of debts, support alimony, and requests for attorney’s fees. When we arrive at court, our goal is to always leave there the best possible outcome, whether through negotiations, or through decree from the judge.
Prior to trial, there is an extensive amount of work that goes into preparation. First, we gather information through a process known as Discovery. Discovery can be very extensive and time consuming for both the Divorce attorney, and the client. It is important that it is completed properly and timely. You will be kept informed of all discovery related issues when working with Andrew and you will remain involved in the process. Discovery allows us to build the financial picture of the marital estate, as well as, prepare for mediation or trial on child custody, visitation, child support, and support alimony issues.
Unlike many divorce attorneys, Andrew encourages mediation and some courts actually require it. Meditation is an opportunity for you and your spouse to sit and attempt to reach a settlement on all issues. Sometimes, we are unable to reach settlement on all issues; yet, we are able to settle some, or even a majority of issues. That being said, mediation is an extremely cost effective way to settle your case. It is important that you have an experienced military divorce attorney by your side during the mediation process.
If your case is unable to settle at mediation or through informal negotiations, your case will be set for trial. This will be the final hearing in which the court will settle all issues not resolved in mediation. This is our opportunity to present all evidence related to assets, debts, child custody, visitation, child support, support alimony, and attorney fees. It is also the time in which all relevant witnesses will be brought to court to testify on your behalf. Getting prepared for trial does not happen overnight and having an experienced attorney on your side will ensure we are ready to go when it is time for trial. The court, at this time, will issue its orders finalizing the divorce and settling all issues. It is very important that when you go to trial, you have a military divorce attorney that has prepared you and your case for this big day.
This is just a brief overview of what you can expect when it comes to your divorce. Obviously, no case is the same and the quicker we are able to set you up with the right advice and courses-of-action, the better prepared you will be if we make it trial. Call me today and schedule your free consultation with an experienced Family and Military Divorce Attorney. 405-492-4441.
If you think it is time to start asking questions, or you know you are ready to proceed, call us today to for a free consultation in our office. Let an experienced Oklahoma City Military Divorce Attorney assist you today.