When Ohio parents decide to get a divorce, they can be in for a long and sometimes complex process. But what if one or both spouses are military personnel? Things can get even trickier, making it important for you to know where to place your attention and what issues to prioritize.
Military.com states that there are three main areas of concern in a military divorce. These areas include pension, spousal support, and your children. Children can be a tough issue, for example, because one parent may often be on military leave. Generally speaking, it’s not in the child’s best interest to be housed with that spouse regardless of the positive relationship the two may share.
This can easily tie into spousal support. Spousal support can be a tricky situation. There are often cases in which the service member is the one providing most of the financial support because the non-military spouse is at home taking care of the children and doesn’t have an easy avenue to break back into the job market.
Pension can also be a contention point. Military spouses are entitled to half if they’ve been married to the active duty service member for 10 years. However, this is not set in stone. Taking pension division to the negotiating table can be more beneficial to both you and your spouse than you might initially think, as it opens up the paths for negotiation in other financial areas.
While military divorces are more complicated than civilian divorces in some ways, they can be handled similarly. Doing your research in advance and knowing what you’re getting into can make a world of difference.