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Sailor Divorces Abusive Husband with Pro Bono Legal Help

June 1, 2017

A Navy servicemember was a victim of domestic violence by her husband, who had been administratively discharged from the Navy for spousal physical abuse toward her. The sailor obtained an order of protection against him and filed for divorce without an attorney. Her husband responded by objecting to the divorce and sought maintenance from her. As a result, a pretrial conference was scheduled and the servicemember required legal assistance to represent her in the divorce proceedings.

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project quickly referred the sailor to an experienced family law attorney in her jurisdiction who was able to get the case set on an expedited track and draft a preliminary marital settlement agreement. Within a few months, the servicemember was ultimately able to obtain a default judgment against her husband for dissolution of marriage. With the assistance of her volunteer attorney, the sailor can now move forward with her life and military duties without obligation to or fear of her former spouse.

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