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Military Legal Resources Available to You

When legal issues arise, service members and their families have a number of resources at their fingertips, much of it free. Legal assistance is available whether you need an expert to review a contract, help with estate planning, finalize deployment-related legal documents, or get advice on mediation for child custody.

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MilTax: Tax Services for the Military

MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available mid-January through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.

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Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, provides financial and legal protection for active-duty service members, including National Guard and reserve members, and their families. Because details of the SCRA are complicated, service members and their families are encouraged to contact the nearest legal assistance office if they need help meeting their financial obligations.

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Financial Protections for Your Service Member

If your service member ever gets into financial trouble, it can impact their military career. For this reason, there are two major laws – the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the Military Lending Act — that help protect the finances and ease the stress of active-duty service members and their families.

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Filing State Income Taxes in the Military

When you’re on the move, it can be hard to know where to file your state income taxes. Thankfully, active-duty service members and their spouses have certain protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, including protections about where you claim residency for purposes of taxes and voting. There are rules for military service members and slightly different rules for military spouses.

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The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

Moving from place to place requires a lot of effort and changes. Two laws make it easier for military spouses regarding their residency, voting and state taxes.

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Taxes – Resources

As a service member or eligible family member, you can take advantage of several resources and services that can make tax time easier. Tap into 100% free tax and financial counseling, secure online preparation and free tax filing, and information. …
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Renting vs Buying After a Relocation

For members of the military, deciding whether to rent or buy is a financial decision not to be taken lightly. Part of mastering your move is finding the best place for you and your family – and your budget – in your new location.

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Be Proactive with Child Custody

If you’re a military parent who has custody or visitation rights for your children, military service can disrupt those arrangements. But you do have rights.

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A Benefits Guide for National Guard and Family Members

This guide provides a valuable resource to service and family members who may have questions about their entitlements and benefits or simply need to know who to contact for assistance.

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Child Custody Considerations for Members of the Military

Many service members have custody of, or visitation rights with, children whose other parent is not the service member's current spouse. Absences due to military service can undermine and disrupt existing arrangements, creating stress on parents and children.
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Rekindle, Repair or Reset Your Relationship

Every relationship could use help from time to time — and military life carries its own unique challenges. Whether you’re a military couple looking to reinvigorate your bond, rebuild connections or retool your relationship skills – we’re here to help and support through our services, resources and expert guidance.

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How to Support Your Service Member Before Deployment

Your service member has just told you that they’ve received “orders to mobilize” – that means they’ll soon be deployed. This is the moment they have trained for since they entered basic training: preparing to serve a greater mission wherever and whenever they are needed.

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Save Money Every Day

As a new service member, you probably have financial pressures you've never faced before, such as paying rent or buying a car. And you're beginning to make financial choices that can negatively or positively impact your future, such as paying off credit card debt.