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.
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.
Without his guidance and representation I am confident that I would be lost and without my children.
“I could not be more grateful to Mike for what he has done for me and my family.”
Your validation has pulled his life out of quicksand.
“You've given him hope and thoughts of a productive future. He has reason to persevere.”
Divorce wasn’t easy, I’m glad Sarah was my lawyer.
“I chose this law office on the recommendation of a friend who went through a divorce just before I did, and I am grateful for my friend's own misery (we both laugh now about our not so fun times). Although I wouldn't wish a divorce on anyone (stick it out and try every day to make it work, or until about the sixth time she tells you she wants a divorce!), for my marriage there wasn't another option. As miserable a time as I had through more than two years of separation and divorce proceedings, I am happy that Sarah and her team were with me. Sarah always ensured my interests were protected, and her legal advice was always spot on. We never encountered any legal setbacks other than spending more time in court than expected because of the other side's actions. She was proactive in every way possible, and seemed to be a step ahead of the other side. With Sarah's help I finalized my divorce on my terms and gave up nothing that mattered to me. Thank you!”
I want to thank you for your wise counsel and words of encouragement over the last 18 months.
“It was an ordeal for me, but your assistance undoubtedly made it easier. ”
There is probably only a handful of attorneys of his experience and caliber.
“His practice is almost fully electronic, which keeps costs down and enables him to help military families even stationed overseas.”
I can always count on receiving timely and substantive advice
“Sarah has been working on my divorce and follow-on support/visitation issues for several years. I can always count on receiving timely and substantive advice regarding any situation or question I may have, no matter how novel. I think her best trait is that she knows my situation inside and out and understands the mindset of my ex-wife. This ability allows her to provide advice on my case that I may be blindsided by because I am too close to the trees to see the forest. I cannot describe how much confidence I have knowing that I have an attorney like Sarah in my corner for any future battles with my ex.”
It is not only the legal work – but the feeling of protection, understanding, and caring that sets you apart.
“I thank you both for bolstering me up and looking out for me when I needed it most.”
I was blessed to have you and your team to represent me, it was worth every penny!
“You all showed that you had my needs and desires at the forefront. ”