Military Divorce

Military Divorce

Military Divorce

Specialist military divorce lawyer Wiltshire - Why you should consider Goughs?

At Goughs we have considerable experience in dealing with legal issues arising from the breakdown of relationships involving serving or former military personnel, their families, reservists, and current or former Ministry of Defence personnel. 

Our commitment to the armed forces

As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces community, we offer all members of the armed forces and veterans, spouses, reservists and MOD personnel:

An initial appointment free of charge

Face-to-face, by video call or by telephone, at a date and time convenient to you.

A discount of 10%​

On all Goughs’ fees for work done on your behalf​

Fixed fees​

For some areas of work​

Complete transparency​

As well as full clarity on all our fees​

Don't risk your hard earned pension

Your specialist pension solicitor since 1882

Getting divorced when in
the armed forces - FAQs

With British Forces stationed around the world (and of course serving at sea), this may be a real concern. Separation from family and friends can create a challenge to marriages and other relationships, and if things do become difficult you may also feel you don’t have anyone on hand to provide advice and support.

Fortunately, at Goughs we have plenty of experience in advising and acting for people spread around the globe. Many of our clients tell us that they find us invaluable as a listening ear and moral support, as well as their expert legal adviser. And, of course, they will need access to advice from a solicitor practising English law, as in family law matters it’s very likely that English law will apply to their situation.

It is vital to take advice from an English solicitor urgently if you have a family law problem abroad, because there’s a possibility that another legal jurisdiction (perhaps the country in which you’re stationed) may also have the power to deal with the situation, which may not be to your advantage.

When we can’t meet you face to face, our lawyers are very comfortable dealing with their clients by video call, telephone and email, and have extensive experience in doing just that.

We all have a few clients who we’ve never even met, because they are based some distance from our offices in Wiltshire – but that doesn’t prevent us from being with them every step of the way.

So, don’t feel you’ve got nowhere to turn. Get in touch with Goughs. And if you do return to the UK, come and see us – it’s always great to meet face-to-face.

It is not uncommon for the value of a spouse’s Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) fund to be the largest matrimonial asset.  How then should it be treated by the parties when trying to achieve a fair financial settlement?  The main options currently available are:

  1. Offsetting.  This is where the value of the pension fund is offset either in full or in part against the value of other matrimonial assets.  In a simple case, for example, the AFPS member might preserve a greater share of his or her pension in return for their spouse having a greater share of other assets.
  1. Pension Attachment (often referred to as earmarking).  This provides either a future lump sum or an income stream for the AFPS member’s spouse.  
  1. Pension Sharing.  The ex-spouse receives a pension credit and, in effect, becomes a member of the scheme.  This enables a clean break and provides good benefits at retirement, including the ability to take the pension income early (subject to scheme approval, reductions, and the minimum pension age). 

As there are many options and many variables, we may recommend advice is taken from a specialist actuary or pension advisor.

Our clients rate us excellent

Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Your armed forces family law team

Matthew Drew

Managing Partner & Finance Partner

As an experienced lawyer in the Family Department, Matthew specialises in complex, high-value financial cases following on from divorce and separation. Matthew also has a great deal of experience in private law Children Act cases.

Mark Hood

Solicitor & Head of Armed Forces Sector

Mark completed a twenty-year Army career in the Royal Logistic Corps as an officer before changing tack to pursue a career in the law. Mark has a particular interest in, and an understanding of the effect that life in the military has when facing relationship upheaval or other related family law problems.

Georgina Catlin

Associate Solicitor

Georgina has been practicing Family Law for over four years, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2018, and joining Goughs in 2019. Over the years she has developed a strong ability to empathise with others whilst also delivering firm and clear advice to clients to ensure their best interests are protected.

Juliet Gordon


Juliet qualified in 2018, and joined Goughs in April 2022. She always strives to provide calm, empathetic advice, and prioritises ensuring that her clients are updated throughout the process, aiming to exceed their expectations.

Why work with Goughs?

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

First-class, effective service

Largest solicitors in Wiltshire

Seven offices throughout the county

Nationally accredited law firm

Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

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