Military Divorce
San Diego Military Divorce Attorney

San Diego Military Divorce Attorney

San Diego Military Divorce AttorneyMilitary families, more than most, face considerable stress and separation that, unfortunately, often leads to divorce. Sarah T. Schaffer, a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, offers an added specialized knowledge and experience to represent fellow servicemembers and service members’ spouses in divorce and custody issues.

Military Divorce Lawyer in San Diego

  • If you are the in the military or a spouse of a person in the military and you live in the San Diego area Sarah Schaffer can help you.
  • If you are a member of the military stationed in California or on a base anywhere in the United States or overseas Sarah can also help you.

Supportive and a Warrior.”

“Extremely knowledgeable about financial support when it comes to military
retirement and bonus money. Secure in standing up to former military men who are
used to running the show and getting their way.”

Nina—Nina (Google review)


Stop or Postpone Divorce Until You Return to California

Family Law Attorney, Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS, LL.M, can help members of the military get a “stay of proceedings” under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to stop a divorce proceeding until you have returned to the states. On the other hand, if you want the divorce to proceed, Sarah can oftentimes handle your court appearances here with an occasional necessary “in-court phone-conference” while you are stationed overseas.


Child Custody Cases for Active Duty Service Members

You need an experienced family law attorney to help you make your best possible case to help you arrive at a fair custody agreement that makes sense for both the parents and the child(ren). Certain provisions of the California Family Code protect service members with respect to custody and visitation.


Military Pensions / Division of Property

Many factors including the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) determine how military benefits and pensions are divided. There are several issues that determine whether California will have jurisdiction to divide the servicemember’s military retired pay. Additionally, there are other important considerations such as the Survivor Benefit Plan and disability pay.


Call Colonel Sarah T. Schaffer, USMC – Camp Pendleton JAG Officer, founder of Schaffer Family Law Group at (858) 509-7907 to schedule a strategy session today.

“Sarah provided carefully researched legal advice and shows a pragmatic approach to problem solving. She is also a pleasure to work with.”

J. F., USMCJ. F., USMC
Camp Pendleton

Sarah T. Schaffer In The News

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Sarah T. Schaffer Recognized in San Diego Discovery Magazine With over 220,000 attorneys in California, Schaffer is one of the few, numbering 178 within San Diego, to hold the distinction of Certified Family Law Specialist.

San Diego Magazine Women of the Year Awards Colonel Sarah T. Schaffer, USMC – Camp Pendleton recognized for her Military Service as JAG Officer.

Top 50 Influential Leaders in San Diego Sarah T. Schaffer is active in the San Diego County and North County bar associations and supports the programs of Kids’ Turn San Diego, a nonprofit that helps children through family separations, and Casa Cornelia Law Center, which provides pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations.

Dividing a Business - San Diego Discover Magazine Not all businesses have marital value, especially smaller businesses whose primary value is from the efforts of one spouse.

Sarah Schaffer on the cover of Discover Magazine

Family law matters are never simple By your side every step of the way

Certified Family Law Specialist CFLS Sarah Schaffer, Wayne Rice and Leslie Ryland have been certified by the State Bar of California as “Certified Family Law Specialists,” a distinction earned by family law attorneys who have “gone beyond the standard licensing requirements.” Every attorney at Schaffer Family Law Group has either earned their CFLS Certification, or is actively working towards that professional goal as a requirement of the firm and our commitment to providing our clients the most skilled and proficient attorneys in San Diego County.

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What You Should Know

Top 10 Mistakes In A Divorce To avoid the top five mistakes in a divorce you must take a step back, remove the emotions and treat the process similar to a business transaction. Use these tips to help you expedite the process.

Divorce Over 50 How a 'gray divorce' will impact your retirement planning, including the timing of your retirement as well as the new economic reality divorce may bring to your life.

Top 4 Things To Know if Over 50 and Divorcing Getting a divorce after the age of 50 comes with its own set of challenges, both social and economic.

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Military Divorce Sarah serves as a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. Military families find Sarah’s understanding of the military and issues servicemembers face enable her to provide superior counsel.

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