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Virginians who are currently serving or have retired from military service will have various benefits that go along with their chosen career path. That includes medical coverage and military pensions. For many, the military life is difficult enough that their marriage cannot withstand its pressures and a military divorce happens. These cases have similarities to a civilian divorce, but there are a variety of factors that are unique to military service and its benefits. For those who are divorcing and seeking legal representation, it is wise to contact a law firm that specializes in helping members and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In a military divorce, there are the common disagreements including spousal support, property division, child custody, child support and more. Still, there are differences with a military divorce and problems that arise that vary greatly from what happens in a civilian divorce. For example, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act can shield the military member when they are deployed or unable to take part in the proceedings in person. This is critical as military members rarely know for certain when they might be called to duty in a foreign land for an unknown time-period.

When dealing with child custody, there could be complications such as the parent who is not a service member living in one location and the military parent needing to move frequently as part of the military duties or being deployed to a dangerous area. Visitation rights are also impacted by this and it is imperative to ensure that the service member parent has access to the child in person when possible, video contact when personal contact is not viable and can designate someone to take the military member’s place with visiting the child.

Other issues that come up include the non-military member wanting the wages of the military member garnished to pay for support, the desire on the part of the non-military member to retain military privileges, who gets life insurance if something happens to the service member and more. With these considerations, people are frequently disappointed if they find a legal professional who is unaware of the different requirements in a military divorce. Calling a firm that has military experience and understands how to deal with the uniqueness of these cases is essential.