Divorce already tends to be painful and tedious, even if it’s relatively
amicable. Mix in the many nuanced and complicated challenges of military
service and you’ve got the potential for a messy, confusing split.
However, by knowing what to expect and what sort of challenges are ahead,
you can begin to prepare yourself for the unique difficulties of military
divorce. Whether you’re a civilian, retiree, active service member,
or soon-to-be-ex-spouse of any of the above, this is for you.
Parenting and Child Custody
If you are a military parent, you know how challenging it is to be actively
involved in your child’s life, especially if your service involves
periodic deployment. Divorce can make parenting an even greater challenge
for military spouses because of the difficulty presented by long absences.
If you and your spouse are both active service members, this can present
a significant obstacle to ensuring that parenting time is evenly split
and that the financial burden of raising a child is fairly distributed.
In some cases, divorcing military parents will have to nominate other
legal guardians for their children in case of simultaneous deployment.
Divorcing military parents can prepare for the thorny realities of co-parenting
by agreeing on as much as possible. It can make the divorce process smoother,
shorter, and less costly if parents can agree on the following:
- Child support
- Living arrangements for children during deployment of one or both parents
- Child custody hearing dates scheduled around deployment or military-related absences
- Written parenting arrangement
Division of Property and Assets
In many cases, a military spouse or military retiree and their family are
supported in large part by benefits from the federal government. This
includes pension, retirement funds, healthcare benefits, and more. Non-military
spouses may immediately be placed at a significant financial disadvantage
if their access to military benefits is revoked. This is especially true
in circumstances where a military retiree and a non-military spouse have
been married for more than 10 years, in which case the non-military spouse
is more likely to be granted continued access to certain assets and benefits,
or receive a bulk portion thereof at the point of divorce.
Get in Touch with a Military Divorce Lawyer in Jacksonville Immediately
In Jacksonville, we know how to treat our military families, even at low
points like divorce. Whether you are a military or non-military spouse
seeking divorce, our team of experienced military divorce attorneys at
Owenby Law, P.A. is here to serve you to the best of our ability. We are ready to apply
our knowledge and experience to your case and help you and your family
Call us at (904) 770-3141 or
contact us to start the conversation and request your free consultation today.