Daniel J. Grueninger served as a Judge Advocate on active duty in the United States Army from 1988 through 1995. During that time, he became extensively familiar with military issues as they affected family law, to include divorce, paternity, post-divorce, and even adoption matters.
Since leaving active duty, Dan has kept abreast of the changes in military issues affecting family law. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Military Affairs for the State of Illinois for several years; he frequently gives lectures to fellow attorneys and judges on military issues affecting family law; and he has testified as an expert witness in complex family law cases involving military issues.
The primary military issues affecting family law cases center around:
(a) continuances of matters under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), now the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act (SCRA);
(b) division of military retired or retainer pay under the Uniformed Services Former Spouse's Protection Act (USFSPA);
(c) return of children removed from a host country to another pursuant to the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction;
(d) calculation of military income for purposes of child support and alimony, and various military pay and military benefits affecting child support and support-related issues; and
(e) military service as it relates to considerations for child custody.The various military issues are complex and foreign to those who never served on active duty military service. Whether the servicemember was on active duty in the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force, Dan is able to provide the legal representation that the matter requires in this complex area.