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What to look for in a military divorce

When it comes to divorce, you probably don't think about the implications of such a split on a military family. Military divorce is a complex matter that requires the two spouses to be prepared, organized, and well-represented so that they can get through the divorce with as few complications as possible.

So what aspects are different in a military divorce when compared to a non-military divorce? Well, probably the most notable is the fact that a military divorce can happen while a solider is deployed overseas. This creates a very obvious set of complications that can be difficult to work through.

Having one of the spouses overseas on deployment also creates a tough situation with child custody and visitation. What if after a divorce is complete a mother or father is deployed overseas? Or even less dramatically, what if a mother or father is stationed somewhere in the United States that is far away from their home state? Visitation and custody in these scenarios is complex, but not impossible.

There are also special accounts and benefits associated with being a military service member, and these assets need to be handled in a military divorce. Of course, there are certain requirements that must be met for these assets to be divisible through divorce.

So whether you are in the military or not, it is important to realize that their are some very critical issues on the table when a military divorce is under way. Anyone who is going through a military divorce needs an attorney that has experience dealing with military divorce.

Source: FindLaw, "Military Divorce," Accessed March 24, 2015

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