Matt Hamel, a licensed attorney in three states (Virginia, Pennsylvania & New Jersey), is the founder of Military Divorce, P.C. Military Divorce, P.C. is a Virginia law firm dedicated to serving military service-members and spouses of service-members who are seeking attorneys with first-hand knowledge of the military and military-specific, family law issues.
Prior to establishing Military Divorce, P.C., Matt was affiliated with one of the largest law firms in Virginia Beach that focused solely on divorce and child custody matters.
Before practicing in the Virginia, civilian court system, Matt served for six years on active duty as a Navy JAG Attorney and he is still an active, drilling Navy JAG Reservist. Matt served his first two years on active duty in the Navy’s busiest litigation office as a prosecutor and then volunteered for a tour of duty in Iraq during the “surge.” He was stationed on board Forward Operating Base Camp Cropper in Baghdad, Iraq and worked inside a theater internment facility there. He was attached to Task Force 134, which handled Detainee Operations – and he was responsible for the “parole-style” review boards of the highest value detainees to include the former Ba’athist Party members and “Deck of Cards” detainees.
Upon his return from Iraq, Matt served his last few years of active military service as the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commodore, Destroyer Class Squadron and as the Assistant Force JAG to Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
As a prosecutor and again as a Staff JAG, Matt served on dozens of Case Review Committees at Navy Fleet and Family Service Centers in Norfolk, Oceana, Little Creek, Northwest Annex and Yorktown. He had the great opportunity to work with social workers and licensed clinicians whose sole purpose is to assist military service-members and their dependents through very emotionally difficult and oftentimes physically abusive relationships.
On top of his professional and military experience, Matt knows what "divorce" feels like from a child’s perspective…although he was an adult-child when this occurred. His parents were divorced after 33 years of marriage – and the divorce occurred even after he, as the adult-child, was married. This major family event was traumatic and it filled him with a sense of compassion for younger children going through this process.
The divorce process can be messy and unsettling – no matter who is going through it. Whenever and wherever possible, Matt provides his clients with options to help minimize the collateral damage of divorce on his clients, their careers, and most importantly, on their children.
At the end of the day, litigation may be the only option. If that’s the case, Matt is a focused, tenacious litigator and advocate, able to capitalize on years of military and professional experience for his clients’ benefit.
Rutgers University School of Law, The State University of New Jersey
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
College of the Holy Cross
B.A., Worcester, Massachusetts
Military Awards & Decorations
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Expert Pistol Shot Medal
and various unit and service awards.