Understanding the SCRA and Your Rights

The purpose of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is to provide temporary relief from pressing judicial and administrative proceedings while a service member is performing their military duties. Without protection through this legislation, a service member can find their civil rights adversely affected.

Because of the military backgrounds of the attorneys at Glassman & Michael, PLLC, we are well-versed in the SCRA and understand the protections it affords service members. If you choose to retain our services, we will explain the steps you need to take after receiving a notice of a civil proceeding and the timeline in which you need to take action.

Requesting a Stay Under the SCRA

The SCRA lists a number of civil proceedings for which it provides protection. The SCRA is an incredibly valuable tool when facing civil proceedings, especially to married service members going through divorce proceedings or child custody disputes.

Under the SCRA, a service member who is in a period of active service — or in some cases, after service has ended — and has received a notice of civil proceedings, that service member may request a 90-day stay of legal proceedings from the court. In certain circumstances, this stay may be extended by a judge.

We Take an Active Role in Protecting Your Rights

At Glassman & Michael, PLLC, we understand how difficult it is for service members to concentrate on their duties when there are civil proceedings back home that need addressing. When you contact our firm, we will work quickly to put a hold on legal proceedings so that you can focus on doing your duty.

During family law matters, we are your family law advocates in international family law cases, helping you understand the law and maintain control of the situation.

Our lawyers will work with you through every step of the legal process, from preparing the proper affidavit to speaking with a judge regarding your civil matter. We will make sure your rights are being protected now and in the future.

Contact Us to Retain Our Services

If you are an eligible service member who would like to assert your rights under the SCRA, contact our firm to schedule an appointment. Free initial telephone conferences are available at any of our three locations: Vienna, Virginia; Laytonsville, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.

Call 703-291-0492 or 301-825-9629 or fill out this online contact form with a brief description of your legal needs.