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A military divorce requires two-fold approach

The decision to marry while one or both spouses are serving in the armed forces may require even more consideration than the exchange of vows in civilian life. In the event the marriage does not last, then getting a military divorce requires knowledge of both civilian and service-related procedures. California residents who are contemplating such a decision may benefit from approaching the process in a two-fold manner.

In many aspects, the military considers a separation or divorce to be similar to what is required in a non-service personnel household. One may well benefit from the skilled guidance that can be provided by an experienced family law attorney. While armed forces do provide free legal assistance for its members, this does not apply to marital problems. A divorce is viewed as being an affair for the states to handle, though there are several key points that may apply when it comes to a divorce and service members.

There are benefits and certain procedures that will differ from a civilian divorce. Some of the points to keep in mind are the regulations that the military has put in place to protect both active duty personnel as well as civilian spouses. Along with those two regulations, there are rules that govern such benefits as housing, identification cards and medical care.

Those who are residing in California also have state laws that will dictate in large part how assets will be divided along with matters such as child custody and support. Spouses who are preparing to seek a military divorce may be best served by consulting with a family law attorney who is well-versed in helping dissolve these types of marriages. Having the right information concerning how the military laws and regulations mesh with state laws can help ensure that the dissolution is as equitable and painless as possible.

Source:, "Military Divorce and Separation", Rod Powers, Accessed on Feb. 11, 2018

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