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Military life can be hard on marriages

Serving your country is one of the greatest honors that you can ever have. Military service is something to be proud of, and those of us on whose behalf you are serving are eternally grateful for the freedoms you fight to protect. Unfortunately, while military service is a great honor, it comes with many sacrifices. Most people think of military sacrifice as dying for your country, and while that may be the ultimate sacrifice, we know that there are many other areas of your life that you sacrifice in the name of your country.

Military divorce rate continues four-year decline

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.

Pension and child support in military divorces

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.

Military divorce can be complex

Military life comes with all kinds of difficulties that most people never have to experience. In addition to the rigorous training and no-nonsense lifestyle, servicemen and servicewomen often have to leave their loved ones for months at a time when deployed. Even if they are not deployed overseas, military families are constantly having to uproot their lives after being stationed somewhere else, meaning that children have to leave behind their schools and spouses have to leave behind their friends. All of these tribulations can take their toll on a marriage, and some marriages end in divorce as a result.

Texas law is willing to work with military members in divorce

As difficult as divorce often is for people, it is significantly more difficult if one of the divorced parties is a member of the military. The already stressful life of a service member is made even more complex by the requirements of their divorce agreement, including having to pay child support and having a difficult time taking advantage of visitation rights. The effects of military life can be even more profound on both the service member and the child if the service member has primary custody of any children from the marriage.

Be prepared to tackle the unique aspects of military divorce

The breakdown of a marriage is sad for anyone. No matter how well things start out, over time you may drift apart. For military couples this can often be the case. Long periods apart, regularly being uprooted and moved around, coupled with the natural stresses of the job, can all take its toll on a relationship. However, although these are unhappy things, divorce itself does not need to be cast in a negative light.

Considering where to file in a military divorce

When filing for divorce, there are many differences that military members may face that their civilian counterparts do not. Some of these differences you have some measure of control over, such as where you file. This is one of the most important things to consider in a military divorce because the law varies by state, so depending on where you choose to file, the outcome of your divorce could change significantly. This is more of an issue for military members than civilians because civilians rarely have a choice in where they file.

How are assets and children divided in a military divorce?

Military divorces bring myriad issues and concerns with them that most divorces do not, which can make it harder for courts to decide how things are divided if a married couple splits up. As with most divorces, the most highly contested issues in a military divorce seem to be money and children. More specifically, people are often concerned with: What custody arrangements will be reached, how military pensions will be divided, and how much child support they will have to pay, if any.

Issues like PTSD can put a strain on marriage

Members of the military experience things that most other people can’t even begin to imagine. Sometimes these experiences can leave a lasting impression on servicemen and servicewomen that complicates their lives for years to come. While there are many programs and support groups to help veterans and current members of the military through some of their difficult times, sometimes the problems are so severe that they affect personal lives.

Woman reunited with her military father after over 40 years

As many couples in Texas know, life's stresses and strains can put pressure on any relationship and military marriages are no exception. When there are children involved, matters can be even more complicated, especially if both parents are service people. Furthermore, when it comes to divorce, military families have a few extra factors to take into consideration. These range from military benefits to complex child custody arrangements.

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