A military divorce is not a cookie cutter process and military divorces have certain laws governing them and considerations that may not come up in every divorce so it is important to be familiar with what those are. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is one example of a law that does not apply to in civilian situations but can impact the filing of a military divorce significantly.
Military divorces, as discussed recently in this blog, may share some of the same issues as a civilian divorce including property division, child support and child custody but even those concerns may be impacted differently by the nature of military service and military families. Military families and military couples who have decided to divorce should understand the different divorce-related issues they may face and how military service will impact them.
Divorce-related issues divorcing military couples will need likely need to address include divorce and the impact of deployment on a military divorce; alimony, child support and child custody; international custody arrangements; division of property and assets; division of military retirement benefits and any changes to the law; modifications and clarifications to military pension division orders; basic allowance for housing (BAH) and basic allowance for subsistence (BAS); use of military facilities; Thrift Savings Plan contributions; military healthcare coverage; and survivor benefits and life insurance.
Because of the unique challenges divorcing military couples will face during the divorce process, it is important for them to understand the various considerations and the implications of military service on those considerations. It is also helpful for them to have trained guidance throughout the process to navigate the legal resources available to help them through it.