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Military divorce: what you need to consider

Divorce can be a very difficult process for any family. But consider, for a moment, if you were in the military, or if your spouse was in the military. Going through a divorce under these circumstances can be very trying for the family, and there are many issues and topics that need to be considered that families who are not in the military don’t have to worry about.

First of all, it’s important to understand that military divorce is governed by both state and federal law. This can complicate the divorce, as some laws may apply to certain aspects of the divorce, while other laws apply to other aspects. Keeping all of this in line can be difficult.

In addition, military families also have benefits and assets that non-military families don’t have. For example, military pensions are massive assets in military divorce. Other benefits that are exclusive to military members can also be involved in a divorce.

As if that weren’t enough, there can be the physical complications brought about by a military divorce. What if one of the spouses is deployed overseas when a divorce is filed, or even after a divorce is under way? What if one of the spouses is forced to move or is stationed in a different state during the divorce?

No divorce is easy, but military divorce can be especially complicated and difficult. It’s just another reminder that no matter what kind of divorce you are going through, it is imperative that you talk with an independent lawyer.

Source: FindLaw, “Military Divorce,” Accessed Dec. 16, 2015

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