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Seeking the right professional for your military divorce needs

The end of a marriage is never an easy transition. When either one or both of the spouses involved are service personnel, then there are often special circumstances that can complicate the process -- including how to handle child custody. California residents may be best served by seeking the guidance of a professional who has extensive knowledge in the laws pertaining to a military divorce.

While no dissolution is an easy undertaking, those that involve the special circumstances surrounding military life can seem especially complex. Issues relating to child custody usually fall under state jurisdiction, but when active duty personnel are facing deployment, then the service member is required to file a family plan with his or her commanding officer. Because these deployments can be a fluid situation, it is helpful to have an experienced attorney draft an agreeable plan for minor children when the parents are seeking or are already divorced.

Additionally, a knowledgeable attorney will work to ensure that an active duty member's parental rights are protected throughout the minor's childhood by seeking modifications as deployment status changes. Furthermore, military life often dictates a long-term relocation and temporary assignments. Both of these situations may necessitate changes to existing custody arrangements in order to ensure that the parent-child bond is preserved as much as possible. In addition, it may become necessary to protect visitation rights of immediate family members when parents are struggling to resolve these important matters during a time when a service member's current assigned station impacts custody or visitation.

While every California divorce has its own unique situations, those that involve a military divorce present an added level of challenges that require a corresponding level of expertise. Along with the issue of securing a workable custody plan, there are other considerations such as military benefits and how both parties could be impacted by retirement plans. Residents who are in the process of seeking one of these divorces are entitled to enlist the assistance of a professional who is well-versed in the laws and procedures that accompany a military divorce.

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