Going through a divorce as a person in the military services should in theory be no different from any other divorce. However, since service members do face active duty and are subject to benefits such as military pensions, there are additional things that should be taken into account.
As a divorcing parent, the profession that you have should never have to influence the custody you have over your children after the divorce has been finalized. However, when you are a member of the military, the duties that you have can potentially impose on your duties as a parent. This is why there may be implications on the custody agreement that is made.
As a member of the military, you've likely lived in different states or countries for various periods of time. You could easily be ordered up and shipped out to training or a hot spot at moment's notice. This is one of the many reasons military divorces are handled differently from civilian ones.
There are various differences between living a civilian life and living a military life. One of those differences does not have to do with divorce. Many people have misconceptions about what it is like to get divorced and be in the military. Many people believe the myths that are out there about the military and divorce. Today, we will take a look at those myths and sort them out as best we can.
When a military couple gets divorced, there are often many questions surrounding Tricare, and whether the benefits will live on for both spouses. There are also many questions that arise in regard to what paperwork updates should be completed in relation to Tricare when getting a divorce.
When a couple divorces while one or both partners serve in the military, it can create complications that civilian divorces never consider. If you or your spouse are active service members when divorce comes knocking, it is important to understand how the military may, or more importantly may not, affect the process or the outcome.
For some, the military lifestyle is too challenging and leads directly to divorce. This is shown in the divorce rate, which has been on the rise. In 2001, it was at 2.6 percent. By 2011, a decade later and after the military was sent to Afghanistan, it had gone up to 3.7 percent.
Military divorces are different to a normal divorce, because the retirement pay distribution to the former spouse is subject to federal law.
Ending a marriage must be one the most gut-wrenching events anyone can go through. Now, take that pain and hardship and imagine how it multiplies for military couples. While military divorces are not automatically more difficult than civilian divorces, certain things can and do complicate divorce issues in ways civilians cannot understand.
The Supreme Court ruling in Howell vs. Howell last month could affect the way disabled military retirees split their pensions with ex-spouses. The ruling may allow disabled retirees to pay less to their exes.