Divorce can be a difficult time for any couple. For whatever reason, many find their marriage not working and divorce is the next logical step. While divorce can be hard for normal Californians, it can be especially difficult for those who are in the military. Military divorces carry a different set of legal issues and problems that need to be resolved in a competent fashion. Since active deployment can impact the divorce proceeding, a military divorce may be more complicated than other types of divorces.
Yet, there may be good news. According to a recent study, military divorce rates are down, especially among women. Throughout each branch of the armed services, the number of female military personnel getting divorced is on the decline and has been since reaching a high in 2011. One of the reasons behind this downward trend is a decrease in deployments.
Although the above mentioned study cites a decrease in military divorces, the fact remains that, military divorces still occur. Like non-military divorces, there may be a number of legal issues that need to be resolved during the marriage dissolution, such as child custody, child support, property division and spousal support. The status of a couple, meaning whether or not they are on active duty, can alter how the divorce proceeds, especially when children are involved. It is also important to note that a military divorce is not governed by the same courts as a non-military divorce, which can complicate matters further.
Even though military divorces can be different in a lot of respects, there are still universal divorce issues that must be addressed. An attorney with experience handling these kinds of cases can help clarify the process and provide a strong voice for a party during the resolution of any conflicts that might arise.