Category Archives: Military Divorce

Child Custody for Military Families

Courts determine child custody arrangements based on the best interests of the child. Under this regime, courts decide custody issues based on what would serve the child’s overall well being, and many factors are used in the best interests analysis. … Continue reading

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Understanding the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)

Legally, divorcing military personnel face the same procedural problems of anyone ending a marriage. In the strictest sense, there is no such animal as a military divorce. A servicemember or the spouse of a servicemember receives a divorce under the … Continue reading

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Where a Person Files Matters

Civilians almost always file for divorce where they live, but a military couple has a number of choices to make about the place to file. In the military community, a couple could be from one state, married in a second … Continue reading

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In a Military Divorce, a LES is More

In a military divorce, the two spouses want to see the servicemember’s LES. A LES is the Leave and Earnings Statement. It is a monthly record given  to members of the United States military that documents their pay and leave … Continue reading

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Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)

A military couple who are divorcing must make themselves familiar with the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act  (USFSPA), which the state courts apply when the service couple divorce. The USFSPA does not automatically give the nonmilitary spouse any of … Continue reading

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Servicemembers Civil Relief ACT (SCRA) Protections in Divorce

Servicemembers Civil Relief ACT (SCRA) protects active duty military personnel from being sued while on active military service and for up to a year after active duty. In divorce actions, this means that a service member (a solider, sailor, airman, … Continue reading

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