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In consideration of the government guidance for COVID-19, our office is moving appointments to virtual settings either through phone or video conferencing. We are still taking consultations and meeting with clients through these methods. If you believe your case requires in-person interaction with an attorney, please call the office and we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we comply with required social distancing. Please note that the courts throughout Northern Virginia have announced that with the exception of emergency hearings and protective orders, all court appearances through April 26, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled when the courts resume operations. It is possible that this date will be further extended. If you have questions about your specific case, please contact the attorney assigned to your case.

Fairfax Divorce Attorneys Serves Federal Government Employees

Proficient With Government Retirement Pay & Benefits Issues In Northern Virginia

Federal government employees and their spouses have an added level of complexity to their division of property during divorce, because of assets held by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The attorney who represents you must understand how these systems operate, including eligibility requirements, computation of benefits, early retirement options, deferred annuities, survivor benefits and many other issues that could influence the value of your retirement assets.

Few lawyers have embraced technology the way we have. We use creative and innovative ways to help our local and forward-deployed military clients with their cases and save them money. Our lawyers and staff members will interact frequently with our current and prospective military clients via “Zoom”, “Facetime”, “Cisco Webex”, “Skype”, or other means of video teleconferencing. Setting up a video teleconference with one of our attorneys for an initial client consultation is easy. Just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll make it happen.

The Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC has represented federal government employees in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years. Our government divorce attorneys in Fairfax have an in-depth knowledge of FERS and CSRS, and we capably manage the other aspects of your divorce as well.

Just a few of the things our firm can assist you with include:

  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • Orders to Defense Finance and Accounting Service
  • Orders Suitable for Processing
  • Thrift Savings Account Division Orders

Quality Divorce Management From Start To Finish

The Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC provides high-quality, personalized representation for every aspect of your divorce, including alimony, child custody and visitation, child support and property division.

However, our extensive experience with government employee benefits helps to ensure an equitable distribution of retirement assets within:

  • The Civil Service Retirement System: CSRS began operating on August 1, 1920, establishing a defined benefit, contributory retirement system for certain federal government workers. CSRS-covered employees may also contribute tax-deferred sums to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Their employing agency matches their CSRS contributions but not TSP contributions. Upon retirement, CSRS-covered employees receive an annuity based on years of service and average salaries.
  • The Federal Employees Retirement System: Congress created FERS in 1986 to replace CSRS. Its rules cover federal workers who began service on or after January 1, 1987. The new system oversees federal employee benefits from three component sources: a Basic Benefit Plan, Social Security, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Upon retirement, eligible federal government workers receive an annuity from each source for the remainder of their lives.

The firm has an in-depth understanding of the complexities related to these retirement systems, including such crucial issues as survivor benefits to a former spouse. Moreover, the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC more than 30 years of combined experience as federal employee and military divorce attorneys has taught them the importance of obtaining court orders suitable for processing under the regulations of the Office of Personnel Management and the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. You can rely on the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC to ensure your court order is ready for processing by the appropriate agency.

Contact The Fairfax Family Law Attorneys With Knowledge Of Federal Retirement Benefits

The Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC manages divorce proceedings for federal employees and their spouses in Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

If you are contemplating divorce, but are concerned about your retirement benefits, the firm can help. To schedule a consultation, call (703) 721-7640 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Why Hire Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC?

Our Attorney is a former
U. S. Army officer.

Our firm is award winning & top rated..

We serve clients domestically & internationally.

Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

We have over 30 years of legal experience.

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