The United States military members make a major sacrifice to serve. While these people place themselves in harm's way to do their duty, there are often issues that arise on a personal basis. One problem that frequently arises is if a couple is unable to maintain their marriage while they complete their service or after they've retired from the service. This often leads to a military divorce. Whether it is a current or retired service member, a divorce while in the military has different aspects to consider when compared to a civilian divorce.
Finances, military benefits and family law matters frequently collide. A husband or wife might be stationed overseas serving when the decision is made to end the marriage. If there are children involved, this adds another layer to the problems that can arise. When there are military benefits in dispute, it can cause an extension to the disagreements and potential acrimony that a couple will have to endure as who gets what is determined.
Military couples sometimes have various amounts of property that have to be divided. If there are children, visitation and custody will come into focus and if one family member is often at risk of being sent into combat. Income in the military isn't substantial and the amount they will pay in child support can be in dispute. The most important issue is that the children are cared for and the benefits are divided evenly and in a way that is satisfactory to all parties.
Since the military life is difficult and there are long separations, it's inevitable that a military divorce will occur in certain cases. For each side to achieve what they want and need from the proceeding, their legal rights have to be protected as much as possible. It's key to have assistance from a legal professional who is experienced in family law matters based on military regulations for those who serve or have served in the armed forces.