If you're an active member of the United States Armed Forces, and your spouse has recently served you with divorce papers, then you should know that you have additional rights that civilians do not when they're faced with the same situation. You are covered by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
Parents in Ohio who are getting a divorce already have to deal with matters of child custody. Unfortunately, one or both parents being members of the military can make this situation even more complicated. We at the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, are here today to discuss how custody situations can be arranged with parents in the military.
When you get a divorce in Ohio, you may wonder how you will see your children since you are an active-duty member of the military. Visitation can sometimes be more complicated if you do not live near your children anymore. At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, we know it is important for you to understand how long-distance visitation can work.
If you are facing the prospect of a military divorce in Ohio, it may be to your advantage to seek a dissolution instead, depending on your circumstances. A dissolution involves mutual decision and agreement on the part of you and your spouse in matters related to parental responsibilities and division of property. Compared to traditional divorce, dissolution usually takes less time to complete.
If you or your ex-spouse are in the military, child custody is different and presents more complications because of things such as transfers and deployment. If you live in Ohio, the ideal thing you can do is discuss with your ex the best situation for your children and come to an agreement together. If you and your ex-spouse cannot agree, the court can intervene and make a custody agreement that works best.
Divorce is complicated enough, but for military families, who may hail from one state, got married in a second state, own property in a third state and live in a fourth state, obtaining an Ohio divorce may prove to be especially complex. This is because they must decide where to file and, more importantly, determine if they meet a state's residency requirements.
When you enter into an Ohio marriage with someone who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you typically gain access to certain benefits reserved for military personnel and their families. For example, you have probably grown used to shopping for groceries and supplies at military commissaries, where your purchases are tax-free and discounted, and you likely also utilize TRICARE, which provides health care coverage for military families. At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, we understand that many people divorcing military spouses have questions about benefit eligibility following divorce, and we have helped many such clients answer these and related queries.
As a military spouse, you know firsthand of the stress that comes with frequent relocations, deployments and others issues that your spouse's affiliation forces your family to deal with. The benefits provided by the military help to ease some of that burden. Now, as you prepare for your divorce, you may be rightly concerned about how such an action will impact yours and your children's eligibility for such benefits. One of the main advantages offered to military families (and one of the most difficult to quickly replace) is insurance coverage through Tricare. The potential for continued access to such coverage is often the first question many in your same position ask when they come to us here at The Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC.
One of the most difficult topics to tackle when going through a divorce is that of child custody. It is hard to help children understand why their family is separating and help them to recover from this extreme change of life. It is during this difficult and emotional time that parents must look at the important roles that both mothers and fathers have in children’s’ lives. While one parent may want to keep the child the majority of the time, he or she must consider the child’s best interests and how spending time with both parents is proven to be beneficial for children of all ages.
Those who serve in the armed forces provide an honorable service to the rest of the country. However, as we at the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, understand, not everyone enlisted in the military behaves with kindness and respect at home. There are some military marriages in Ohio and elsewhere in which spousal abuse is a regular occurrence. However, those in the armed forces are held to a high standard by their superiors. If your military spouse is abusing you, you should have effective recourse.