How different are Military Family Divorces from Civilian Family Divorces?

Divorce is a stressful process. It can affect finances, living arrangements, household jobs or schedules. If the family includes children, they may be deeply affected. A military divorce is a divorce between a member of the armed services and his or her spouse. The spouse may or may not be in the military.

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When facing a military divorce you should be aware of the fact that the procedures of a divorce for the civilians and for the military members are not quite the same. Military divorce is governed not only by state laws, but also by federal laws, so that means they have some additional rules to apply. That results in having some differences and a number of benefits in case of the military member divorce.

Jurisdiction is generally determined by the service member’s legal address rather thanmilitary divorce where they are currently stationed, as due to the service they are bound to travel a lot and to change their location. So many states will just either reduce or eliminate their residency requirements for military divorces.

There is also the SCRA – The Service Members Civil Relief Act to protect active duty members from being sued while in active military service and for up to a year after active duty, so they would be able to “devote their entire energy to the defense needs of the Nation”.

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