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Five Tips that Pro Bono Attorneys Need to Know When a Servicemember Is a Party to a Family Law Case

By Duncan D. Aukland

Active-duty members of the armed forces are often able to receive free legal services from civilian military lawyers and judge advocates, but such services tend to be limited in scope and rarely involve in-court representation. Many servicemembers need to retain civilian counsel for civil matters, particularly domestic relations, although such counsel may not be aware of special concerns in representing military personnel. Five tips may help nonmilitary attorneys represent servicemembers better and avoid “traps for the unwary.”

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