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Domestic violence victims face unique challenges in the military

If your spouse is in the military and is abusing you, you might feel confused and isolated from getting help. However, you are not alone, since domestic violence is not an uncommon problem for civilians and military families alike. This is a double-edged sword – spousal abuse is a tragic issue, yet its widespread prevalence has ensured that you and other victims in Kentucky and across the U.S. have resources to help.

There are many factors of living with an abuser in the military that may differ from a civilian family’s situation, including the following:

  • Your spouse has had combat training and knows how to inflict harm with the most impact.
  • He or she may have access to firearms and other weapons.
  • Your spouse may have post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety or other conditions related to experiencing combat, which might exacerbate violence in the home.

Other issues you might want in a parenting plan

Parenting plans are a great way for divorcing spouses to look to the future. The plans are a blueprint for how they will successfully co-parent and deal with issues such as where the children live, holidays, school vacations and cultivation of ongoing relationships with grandparents and other family members.

Depending on your circumstances, it could be important to address a few additional issues: cellphone and internet usage, and new dating partners, for example.

4 things to do before filing for divorce

Divorce is still highly prevalent in American society. In 2014, over 813,000 divorces and annulments took place within the United States. While it was down from the previous year, it is still a sizable number.

Going through a divorce is difficult. Before pulling the trigger and deciding to go through with it, there are a few things spouses contemplating divorce need to do first. 

How To Lower Some Costs In Your Divorce

One of the first questions you may have when you start a divorce proceeding is - how much is this going to cost me? Anyone familiar with the process will tell you that the cost of your proceeding depends on a number of factors. What many people don't know is that they have some control over their legal fees and costs. Here are some of the things you can do to make the process more cost-effective.

Military divorce challenges can last a long time after the divorce.

Most military service members, officers and other military personnel understand that the process of going through a divorce in the military can be extremely complicated. Matters of jurisdiction, deployment, custody and other complex issues make the military divorce process much more difficult than most civilian divorces.

The complication of military divorce actually lasts much longer than just the divorce process itself. Depending on the case, there is potential for issues to last for many years after the divorce is finalized.

Is your divorce agreement set in stone?

It's easy to assume that you're stuck with the agreement you made during your divorce for the rest of your life. But divorce judgments can - and often should - be modified when circumstances change significantly for you, your ex-spouse or your children.

Some situations where a divorce modification may be appropriate include the following:

The five most pressing concerns in military divorce, and why you should not fear

Most informational websites discussing military divorce focus almost exclusively on the challenges involved. The difficulties involved with the legal process, the division of military benefits, parenting plans and other challenges get plenty of attention.

Do Not Be Afraid of Military Divorce

Although these challenges are very real, however, you should not be afraid. By working with an experienced lawyer, you can protect your rights, your financial interests and your relationship with your children long-term. Read on to learn more about the most important divorce concerns for military members and how an attorney can help you overcome those concerns.

Four reasons to consider divorce mediation

When divorce comes to mind, you may think of long bitter fights over custody of children, division of property and alimony. Although this type of battle sometimes happens in certain divorces, it does have to be this way. If you are able to cooperate with your spouse in finding solutions that would be mutually beneficial, you can use mediation to make your divorce a quick and fairly painless process.

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