How to protect your rights while on active duty

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2017 | Veterans' Issues

As an individual who serves in the United States military, you make sacrifices every day for the safety and security of your country. Because of deployment and other aspects of active duty, it can be particularly complicated for you when legal issues arise. In order to protect your rights and interests while serving in the military, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act exists to provide you with security and legal protections. 

When you are facing legal challenges while stationed in Missouri, local courts must follow the provisions outlined per the SCRA. This can help you protect your interests in administrative hearings, divorce proceedings and more, even while you are serving away from home.

Who and what does the SCRA cover?

The SCRA provides protections for individuals entering active duty, already on active duty or for spouses of active duty military personnel. The intent of this act is to provide those serving their country through military service the ability to postpone or delay certain civil obligations and legal proceedings in order to devote full attention and effort to fulfilling their duties.

If you are an active duty military member or are the spouse of one, it is wise to know your rights under the SCRA. You may be able to delay or postpone proceedings and actions related to the following:

  • Outstanding credit card debt
  • Foreclosure actions
  • Termination of apartment lease
  • Termination of vehicle lease
  • Pending trials
  • Taxes

In addition to a stay of legal action, the SCRA also provides service members with other entitlements, including the right to terminate a housing lease if his or her military obligations will require a permanent change of station expected to last at least 90 days. The SCRA also allows for the termination of a cell phone contract for at least 90 days if a job-related relocation requires it.

Understanding and protecting your rights

Despite the fact that your rights as a military service member are clear in the SCRA, you may still find it necessary to take legal steps in order to ensure your protection and well-being. If this is the case, you may benefit from the assistance of an attorney who knows the law and knows how to protect you.

If you find yourself facing legal action, going through a divorce or dealing with another complex issue while on active duty, you do not have to navigate it alone. When you know your rights, you can move forward in confidence and make decisions that lay the foundation for a strong future.

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Military Law
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