News of a divorce can take you by surprise, and when it does, you’re likely hit with a flood of considerations that put your nerves on end. This is might be especially true if you are a military service member who has a lot more on their mind than mere domestic matters. While divorce can be complicated in its own right, it can be even more so when military benefits, deployments, and even security clearances are involved.
You don’t have to navigate these difficult matters on your own, though. Instead, you can work closely with a skilled legal professional who knows the ins and outs of this area of the law. Of course, you can’t adequately address property division and child custody matters, even international child custody issues, without evidence supporting your position. An experienced military divorce attorney can help you gather documentation and witness testimony on whatever issue you’re facing, thereby giving you a more strategic position to negotiate a resolution or fight for a favorable outcome at trial.
Take child custody issues as an example. Military divorce attorneys, like those at our law firm, will analyze every aspect of each parent’s ability to care for the child in question. This might mean gathering evidence of parental substance abuse, domestic violence, financial instability, mental or physical health issues, and a history of criminality, abuse, or neglect. But you’ll also need to be prepared to defend yourself against accusations that could demonstrate your custody arrangement fails to support the child’s best interests.
So, whether you want to resolve your military divorce amicably or anticipate litigating some matters, you need to be prepared. You need to know the law and how to apply it to the facts at hand in a way that plays to your advantage and devastates the other side. In a divorce battle, you need to hope for the best but plan for the worst. After all, in the military, unlike in many civilian professions, your divorce can have a tremendous impact on not only your personal life but your professional one as well.