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.
The Most Important Divorce Concerns for Military Members
When facing divorce, military members face issues that civilians do not have to deal with, the most important of which include:
- Protecting your rights while stationed out of jurisdiction: Many military service members are concerned that they will not be represented well in a divorce trial because they are stationed outside of the court’s jurisdiction and thus won’t be available to appear in court.
While this is a pressing concern, a lawyer can either make sure your interests are represented, have your case postponed until you can appear or find other solutions.
- Protecting your parental rights with your children: Another significant concern you may have is that your military career will complicate your parenting plan, leaving you out of your child’s life.
An experienced attorney – especially an attorney who has experience with divorce negotiation and mediation – can negotiate the details of your child custody and parenting plan arrangements with your spouse. Although there are significant challenges involved with coordinating a parenting plan involving a service member parent who may relocate frequently, it is certainly possible to come up with an arrangement that is favorable and workable for everyone.
- Dividing military retirement benefits: This is perhaps the most pressing issue involved with military divorce. The complexities involved with the division of benefits can be overwhelming.
At The Grinnell Firm, PSC, we have the experience and knowledge to provide sophisticated solutions to the challenges involved with dividing military benefits in divorce.
Do not be intimidated by the challenges involved with military divorce. Talk with an experienced attorney to discuss your options.