Divorce is never an easy process, and it can be even more challenging when you or your spouse is a member of the U.S. military. Fortunately, getting the proper legal assistance can help your divorce proceedings go as smoothly as possible and ward off any unnecessary drama. Of course, it is first important to understand why you may need special legal help with your military divorce in the first place.
How Military Divorce is Different
At first glance, military divorce may appear to be no different from civilian divorce. After all, it’s just two people ending a marriage, right? Not exactly — while the divorce itself may just be between two people, there are extra considerations that must be made when one of them is in the nation’s armed forces. For example, people who are on active duty must still be delivered a summons and petition for divorce in person, impractical as this often is. Likewise, members of the military are not allowed to neglect this summons and petition, but at the same time, their job makes it so that they cannot be held responsible if they do not respond to it.
Special Considerations for Military Divorce
In addition to the issues stated above, there are other factors that must be considered when members of the military are getting divorced.
- Complying with all rules and regulations established by the U.S. military
- Division of existing military pension
- Figuring out living arrangements (highly important if both parties are residing on a military base)
- Getting process service on a spouse who may be active duty
- Meeting residency requirements when filing for divorce in the first place
- Establishing a court date (when necessary) that both spouses are able to attend
Keep in mind that if one or even both spouses are stationed overseas instead of stateside, the divorce process may be drawn out significantly longer. However, this does not mean that certain goals cannot be met or that the divorce will be rushed into completion. Again, getting the proper legal assistance will help.
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Whether you are stateside or abroad at this time, contact us at your nearest convenience to learn more about what you can expect during your divorce proceedings. We are happy to evaluate your case and provide you with a consultation. Together we will navigate the difficult waters of military divorce and help you emerge better than imagined on the other side.
Our military divorce attorneys in Carlsbad and Ramona can be reached via phone at (760) 259-2184.
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