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Military divorce often more complicated than civilian divorce

As we've seen from a number of previous posts, the divorce process is complicated and often emotion-filled. So often couples are faced with the task of dividing up a life they had together during the marriage. No matter what the circumstance, it is not easy separating from a husband or wife.

But divorce can be even more complicated with a military divorce. Not only does the couple have to deal with the usual issues like child custody and property division, there is also the added element of military regulations. In some instances, one spouse will be on active duty in another country during the divorce process.

According to the Department of Defense, divorce rates have increased in the past decade. In 2009, the divorce rate was at 3.6 percent. Statistics from last year show that more women in the military got a divorce compared to that of men in the military. The overall rate from 2009 through 2010, however, appears to have stayed the same.

There are many factors that can contribute to a couple getting divorced. When one or both spouses are in the military, there can be additional factors that lead to the couple choosing to separate. When a military couple does decide that divorce is the best option, there are a number of different considerations.

Not only does distance prove to be a complication, the military has specific regulations that address concerns such as child support obligations that differ from the laws that govern civilian child support issues. In addition, couples have to consider military benefits and what that means for each spouse after separating.

It can be a complicated process, only made more difficult if one spouse is not in the country. It can be helpful to speak with someone who understands the implications and process of a military divorce. That could help lead to a solution that benefits all who are involved.

Source: CBS 42 online, "Positive legacy of a lasting marriage," 03 July 2011

 

 

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