2 unique considerations that occur in military divorces

| May 6, 2016 | Firm News, Military Divorce

Being in the military is a life-changing decision that you make willingly. After you enlist in the military, you are giving up the right to decide on where you are stationed and other similar factors. What you might not realize is that being in the military can also affect you if your marriage ends. Military divorces come with some considerations that aren’t present in divorces that are between two civilians. We can help you to evaluate your divorce to determine what considerations need to be addressed.

One consideration that is crucial when you are going through a military divorce is your children. Child custody matters often need unique solutions to make things work. This is because of deployments and billets that are handed out to military members. Think of it this way — a parent who is in the military might not live in the same area as their children. This means that having frequent visitations with the child might not be possible. In that case, virtual visitation is a possible solution that would allow the service member to be an important part of the child’s life after the marriage ends.

Another consideration is what benefits the civilian spouse will receive after the divorce. The military uses the 20/20/20 rule to determine if civilians will continue to receive benefits like commissary access and medical care after the divorce. This rule means that the service member served at least 20 years in the military and that the marriage lasted at least 20 years. Twenty years of the marriage and 20 years of service must overlap.

Other considerations like spousal support and child support might come into the picture. We can help you to ensure that your divorce addresses all of the important points that are present.


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