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Protect yourself if you are going through a military divorce

On Behalf of | May 20, 2016 | Divorce

As you serve your country by following the orders you are given, your spouse has the responsibility of holding down the home. Some spouses just aren’t cut out for military life and the civilian-military marriage will end. In that case, it is crucial that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself as you go through the divorce process. This is especially important if the marriage was lengthy or there are children involved.

Military divorces are different from civilian divorces in a lot of ways. One way is that you have to determine where you can legally file for divorce. The answer to that isn’t always easy, but we can help you to determine if you qualify for filing for your divorce in Virginia.

Another way that military divorces are different is that longer marriages with lengthy service time have special considerations. These can include your ex’s right to parts of your retirement benefits, the right your ex has to stay on the military’s health insurance and the ability for your ex to keep certain privileges like going to the exchange or commissary. We can help you learn about the 10/10/10 and 20/20/20 rule that govern these aspects of a military divorce.

When a child is involved in the divorce, the matters of child support and child custody come into the picture. Child custody matters can be complicated because of the billet changes and deployments that military members are required to do as part of the job. Tackling the child custody issue might require us to think outside of the box to make a child custody agreement work.


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