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Everything to know about a military divorce

Military divorces can present unique circumstances it is important to be sensitive to. There are different options to handle divorce including divorce court but also mediation and arbitration options that divorcing military couples should be familiar with that can provide a more efficient, less costly and less acrimonious option.

In addition, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act provides important protections service members, their spouses and families should be familiar with. There are a number of important concerns divorcing military families and spouses may have so it is helpful to be familiar with each and the resources available through the family law process to help divorcing military spouses resolve their concerns in a way that protects the interests of the spouses.

Divorce-related concerns divorcing military spouses will need to resolve can include divorce and the impact of divorce on deployment; alimony, child support and child custody; international child custody arrangements; division of property and assets; division of military retirement benefits and the current status of the law; military pensions included in divorce orders; military health care coverage; survivor benefits and life insurance; use of military facilities; Basic allowance for housing (BAH) and basic allowance for subsistence (BAS); and Thrift Savings Plan contributions.

Because there is so much to consider in a military divorce, it is helpful for divorcing military couples to be familiar with all the resources available to them to assist them with the variety of important considerations they have to make. Help with their divorce can help resolve the end of their marriage more peacefully for their family.

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