Numerous factors can lead to divorce. Military deployment can result in a huge strain on a marriage, and not all couples last through it. It is for this reason that many military divorces occur in Ohio every year.
Divorces always have profound impacts on all parties involved. However, military divorces come with their own unique set of challenges. It is vital for all parties involved to be ready for these challenges, so they can take the necessary legal action to figure them out.
Where to file for divorce
Military couples immediately have to determine in which state they should file for divorce. Many military officers move around, so they may only stay in one state for a few years. The state the couple lives in now may be different from the state they married in. The couple will need to determine which court has jurisdiction over their marriage.
Pension rights and benefits
The United States military is an employer similar to private businesses. It provides pensions to service members, and these pensions are subject to division in the event of a divorce. For the civilian in the marriage, he or she can typically choose either a lump sum payment or a wait-and-see approach. There is also the issue of the civilian spouse staying on the military officer’s healthcare plan. If the marriage lasted for at least 20 years, then the spouse can typically stay on the military plan.
Determining child custody is a challenge for any divorce, but it becomes even more complicated in a military divorce. Military officers often move around from state-to-state once every few years. Most military couples will want to come up with several parenting plans that account for every possibility. In the event the military deploys one spouse overseas, then the other parent should be ready to look after the children independently. Child support is still a necessity.