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Support can help spouses avoid or cope with military divorce

A spouse's chosen career often can impact how the marriage plays out. Families in Kentucky with one or both spouses in the military have particular challenges due to frequent moves and long periods apart. While military divorce is not uncommon, many people attempt to save their marriages by seeking support and guidance from those who have lived as a military spouse for longer periods of time.

Military divorce seems to be holding steady; marriages in decline

Life in the military can be rewarding in many ways, though there are many sacrifices that families are asked to make when one or both spouses are service members. In spite of the demands that these families face, it appears that the military divorce rate has not significantly increased over the past several years. Unfortunately, divorce is a fact of life for many Kentucky residents, whether one is in the military or lives a civilian life.

Not every belief concerning military divorce is true

There can be many unique challenges in military marriages. However, when a marriage comes to an end, a military divorce is not unlike a civilian dissolution -- in spite of some myths that seem to persist. Kentucky residents who are contemplating a divorce that includes a service member may be best served by seeking the assistance of a professional who is familiar with military regulations.

When seeking a military divorce, experience and knowledge matter

There are some momentous decisions that require a strong commitment and resolve to follow through. One of these decisions is the desire to sign up for a stint in the armed forces in order to serve one's country, and the other is the decision to enter into a marriage. Unfortunately, as many Kentucky residents are aware, many marriages will not survive in spite of one's best efforts, and the process of obtaining a military divorce may require patience and skilled assistance.

Servicemembers have special concerns regarding child custody

Being a member of the U.S. armed services is likely a source of pride for you. However, it may also be a source of contention in your family, especially if it means you spend long periods of time away from home. Like many marriages of servicemembers, yours may not have survived the challenges of military life, and now how your divorce will affect your relationship with your children concerns you.

Is support ordered in a military divorce not being paid?

Ending a marriage with a member of the Armed Forces involves dealing with numerous benefits and other issues that other Kentucky residents may not have to deal with in their proceedings. One of those issues is support orders. Each branch handles its members, providing adequate support in different ways. However, help may not be available if the service member is not paying support ordered in a military divorce in a civilian family court.

Does your occupation mean you are headed for a military divorce?

Researchers are always trying to determine what factors lead to the end of marriages. Recently, Zippia, a career website, conducted its own study using U.S. Census data to determine what occupations see the most divorces by the age of 30. Service members here in Kentucky and elsewhere may be interested to know that three of the top 10 spots were filled by U.S. military occupations. Does a service member's occupation mean he or she could be headed for a military divorce?

Getting retirement benefits in a military divorce could change

Being married to a member of the Armed Forces comes with numerous benefits. Depending on the length of service and marriage, those benefits become an important issue in a military divorce, whether here in Kentucky or elsewhere. A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could change the retirement benefits that many ex-spouses receive under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act.

What do a commanding officer and JAG do in a military divorce?

The simple answer is not much. A Kentucky service member's divorce and separation are considered private, civil matters. For this reason, a commanding officer and attorneys with the Judge Advocate General's office do not have much involvement, if any, in a military divorce. The main involvement the military has in a divorce surrounds benefits, pay and property.

Visitation challenges after a military divorce

Structuring visitation schedules can be challenging for military families, especially when one parent is in another state or deployed overseas. After a military divorce in Kentucky, circumstances may change without much notice. One parent may be absent for most of the time and unable to make visitation appointments. If, however, that parent is not scheduled for transfer of deployment over summer vacation or Christmas holidays, the lost parenting time might be made up then.

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