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Does deployment adversely affect military divorce rates?

If you or your spouse are in the military, then you're probably well aware of just how much of a toll your career can take on your family life. This is especially the case if you're a service member who has been frequently deployed for extended periods of time.

How the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act can delay your divorce

When you're a member of the armed forces, especially at a time of war or when a natural disaster hits, you're constantly subject to being deployed to a foreign land or another part of the country. Your unit can even be re-activated to respond to a crisis in the years after you retire. The last thing that you need dropped in your lap when you're either preparing to deploy or off fighting a war is divorce papers.

What happens to a military pension after a divorce?

When military couples decide to divorce, one of the first topics that both spouses end up wanting to learn more about is what will happen with the service member's pension once they split up. This is especially important for military members who have spent their entire careers on active duty. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA) was passed into law in 1982 to address this.

Military and civilian divorce aren't handled the same

When individuals discuss their experiences with divorce, they often share similar stories no matter what state they live in or where they're at in their life. This isn't the case though. Where a couple lives can impact how marital property is split up or how custody matters are decided. Then, if we compare a civilian to a military divorce, there are even more differences.

What happens if my military ex doesn't pay child support?

Just as there are many benefits that come with being part of the military, there are many responsibilities as well. A parent who struggles to get their ex who is in the military to pay child support may have additional avenues to pursue than those in civilian relationships do not.

Your divorce risk may go up if your friend leaves their marriage

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego, Brown University and Harvard all recently collaborated on a study on divorce called "Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too". In the end, they determined that divorce may be contagious.

More couples are choosing to have long-distance marriages

The rates of long-distance marriages are apparently increasing among younger couples according to data compiled by the Wall Street Journal. While many couples who live apart do so because one of the spouses is incarcerated or a couple is estranged, others are separated because of overseas work obligations, as often is the case with military couples.

Military pensions aren't always split in half during a divorce

If you're a servicemember edging toward retirement and your spouse files divorce papers, you may have real concerns that your spouse will be entitled to 50 percent of your retirement pay. You've likely heard rumors that if you and your spouse have been married a certain number of years concurrent with your active military service, your spouse will be automatically entitled to this. This is not necessarily the case.

Special laws impact how military divorce is handled

It can be difficult for any couple to have to come to terms that they're marriage is irretrievably broken and that it's time to pursue a divorce. Although the military classifies the divorce process as a personal, civilian matter, there are certain laws that uniquely apply to servicemembers seeking a divorce. These are intended to protect both the member of the armed forces and his or her spouse.

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