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Why experience matters in military divorce

Yesterday, we celebrated Veterans Day, a time set aside each year to thank those who are currently serving or who have previously served in the U.S. armed forces, and to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in defense of our nation.

A large part of our gratitude for those currently serving in the military comes from a recognition that this is a very challenging way of life that frequently requires spending large amounts of time away from friends and family. 

Indeed, studies have shown that life in the military can prove to be especially hard on marriages. To illustrate, consider a study published by the RAND Corporation last year examining the impact of deployment on the marriages of over 460,000 service members from 1999 to 2008.

The researchers found that the overall military divorce rate among these couples rose from 2.6 in 2001 to 3.7 in 2011. They also discovered that the longer the deployment, the greater the risk of divorce, and the more dangerous the place of deployment, the greater the risk of divorce.

The unfortunate reality for those couples involved in a military divorce is that they will likely not only have to deal with the emotional turmoil and associated difficulties of a standard divorce, but also a host of complex legal issues that are wholly unique to these types of marital dissolutions.

Some of these unique issues include:

  • Determining the forum where the case is to be heard.
  • Dividing military pensions.
  • Resolving custody and visitation issues when one (or both) parents are or will be deployed.
  • Calculating child support payments.    

All of this serves to underscore just how important it is for those involved in a military divorce to consider speaking with a family attorney who has the necessary skill and experience, and who will fight to protect their best interests during these stressful times.

To learn more, please visit our website. We regularly represent military personnel and their spouses stationed throughout Texas, including Fort Hood, Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston and Brooke Army Medical Center. 

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