It’s one thing if you receive an order to appear before a judge concerning child custody or support in a courtroom that is near your home.

It’s something else altogether if that order seeks your attendance when you are deep beneath the ocean surface in a submarine or defending American interests in a Middle East combat zone.

The point: Military divorce is flatly different from civilian decouplings. We prominently stress that on our Little Rock family law website at Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates. We note that military divorces “present unique factors that do not arise in civilian divorces.”

It makes strong sense for a divorcing couple in a military marriage (when one or both spouses are servicemembers) to consult with an experienced military divorce legal team. Attorneys who understand specialized military rules and processes relevant to divorce can help ensure that a client’s interests are fully addressed and promoted.

Those interests can be varied for an Arkansas resident and subject to both state and federal laws. That key point is underscored in an online overview of military divorce. That article emphasizes that, while federal law is generally important for determining the division of retirement benefits and pensions, state laws control matters like spousal alimony and child support.

The length of a military marriage is also critically important in determining divorce outcomes relevant to many important duties and benefits.

A servicemember or spouse with questions regarding military divorce can obtain guidance and diligent representation from an attorney team that routinely practices in this specialized legal area.