In last week's post, we talked about how pensions and child support are treated in a military divorce. These divorces are often unfortunate side-effects of military service, with one or both parties realizing that their relationship cannot survive the months apart and the constant moving about as the military member is stationed all across the country. The last thing that a military member who is deployed overseas needs to worry about is how the time spent apart will affect their relationship.
While there are definitely many ways in which military divorce and civilian divorce differ, there are also many ways in which they are similar. Issues of asset division and child support are still determined in the divorce proceedings, but there are usually even more issues at play in military divorces. On top of questions about jurisdiction and residency, the military member's ability to spend time with the child will affect the custody arrangement, and any military pensions or benefits will need to be divided.