Is Military Divorce Different from Regular Divorce?

Is Military Divorce Different from Regular Divorce?

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 move forward.

Call us at (904) 770-3141 or contact us to start the conversation and request your free consultation today.


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