Military families make enormous sacrifices for our country. Living with uncertainty is part of everyday life. Many families struggle to keep their lives moving forward when just one parent is on active duty, let alone two.
Needless to say, military couples face additional challenges to their marriages and family lives. We have assisted many couples facing divorce and helped spouses through the federal military "red-tape" that can affect how they divide their assets and liabilities.
At Stephen T. Holman, P.A., our divorce lawyers are familiar with the issues facing military couples. We are experienced at handling the practical issues common to military divorce, such as making fair custody and visitation arrangements when one or both parents may be shipped off to a war zone or a military base on the other side of the country, or worse, on the other side of the world.
Is the Risk of Divorce Higher the Longer You are Deployed?
Recent studies show that the risk of divorce for military spouses, increases with the amount of time that a spouse is deployed and away from home. Returning home after a long absence requires patience and understanding, at minimum. However, multiple deployments, physical and mental injuries or addiction to pain medications prove to be making the return to a normal life more difficult.
- Soldiers injured on the battlefield are sometimes prescribed addictive pain killing drugs. Others, due to the trauma seen in battle struggle with mental health issues. Many of these soldiers, who served honorably for years, are then discharged from service with less than full military honor.
- The increasing number of service discharges, less than "honorable" affect a veteran's ability to find a job, medical care, housing assistance and the amount or even access to disability and pension funds. It almost goes without saying that placing a veteran in these financial and personal holes, often sets-up their family lives to fail.
- When divorce happens, some of the benefits related to military service must be allocated between the spouses. In particular, a spouse's right to half of a veteran's retirement and pension benefits is determined by federal law.
- Additionally, if a spouse is deployed and served with divorce papers, the law offers protections to prevent entry of an adverse judgment in some situations. The at-home spouse cannot take advantage of the deployed spouse's inability to respond timely or properly.
We can advise you if you or your spouse is deployed and needs to file for a divorce during the time of deployment. We also have a variety of resources available to help you through the non-legal issues.
Contact Family Law Attorneys who are Familiar with Military Divorce Procedures
As with all of our divorce work, we will diligently work to resolve your disputes efficiently and cost-effectively so you can move on with your life. We will treat you with dignity and respect and offer you our gratitude for the sacrifices you and your family have made for our country. Please call us at 850-316-8243 or toll free at 866-331-5998. You may also contact us online.