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Failure to pay alimony can hurt a military career

There are a number of issues that a couple must work out when the partners choose to end their marriage. A couple in Fairfax may have to decide custodial matters regarding their kids, such as where the children should live and if both of the parents will be involved in the decision-making processes that influence how their kids are raised. The partners may have to work out how they will divide their property and if and how support should be paid.

When one spouse receives financial support from the other following a divorce, the payments are considered alimony. Alimony is intended to allow a divorced person to get back on their feet so that they may support themselves into the future. In some cases alimony is awarded for life and a paying party must financially care for their ex until a terminating event brings the obligation to its end.

If the paying party in an alimony arrangement is a member of the military, then they may face serious consequences if, for some reason, they stop making alimony payments. Like civilians, service members may see their wages garnished and other actions taken to compel payments, but if a service member fails to pay their owed alimony they can face a more serious outcome: administrative discharge from the military.

An administrative discharge can cut short a promising military career and may end a person's employment, making it even more difficult for them to stay up to date on their alimony obligation. Before alimony payments become overwhelming, service members are encouraged to discuss their financial issues with family law attorneys who understand how military law may change and influence their legal matters.

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