Divorce For Military Families Involves Unique Issues

At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, we understand the unique issues inherent in military divorce in Ohio. We represent members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army and National Guard. We also represent spouses of military service members. Whether you are in the armed forces or you are married to someone who is, you can count on us for clear, insightful and effective legal counsel.

Call our office in Hamilton to schedule a free initial consultation at 513-895-0030.

An experienced divorce attorney since 1999, Butler County lawyer Kristen L. Campbell has found that the two most pivotal issues in military divorces tend to be:

  1. Child custody and visitation — Relocation provisions are very important when one parent is a military service member. If that parent is stationed somewhere other than Ohio (which is typical), developing a time-sharing schedule calls for creativity. Unique parenting time arrangements may utilize Skype, videoconferencing and other types of technology.
  2. Dividing retirement accounts — In a military divorce, you must meet certain criteria to divide military retirement benefits between the spouses. Ms. Campbell can advise you about your rights in this area.

Choosing Between Dissolution And Divorce

A dissolution is one legal way to terminate a marriage. In a dissolution, the spouses must agree that the marriage is over and should be legally ended. The couple also must agree on how to divide assets (including military retirement benefits), how to allocate parenting time, and how much spousal support and child support to pay.

The court will not grant a dissolution unless both spouses agree on all the issues. When spouses cannot agree, the marriage must be terminated by divorce.

Divorce is based on the concept of fault and is considered an adversary proceeding. A spouse must allege one of the 11 grounds for divorce. That is, one spouse asks for a divorce from the other based on a wrong that the other person committed. This wrong becomes grounds for divorce. However, at least two of the grounds for divorce are considered to be "no-fault" provisions. These include complete separation for at least a year and mutual incompatibility.

Often, divorce mediation can prove to be a great benefit to couples who have trouble coming to an acceptable compromise about various issues.

Learn More In A One-On-One Consultation

We invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with attorney Kristen L. Campbell and learn more about your options when it comes to ending a military marriage. You may contact us online, or call our Hamilton office at 513-895-0030.