It works like any divorce. You have to check the local housing policy as far as when you have to clear housing. I think the biggest issue is going to be the single parent issue. Have no idea how it works for the navy, but I am guessing they have a specific list of items that need to be in place in order for you to stay. Powers of Attorney, plans to get the child where they need to be, etc. The other issue that applies specifically is your retirement. Whether you are planning on retiring or not, it could be an issue later on, if you do decide to stay, and if it is not addressed now, it could be later, since it does not currently exist. I think the best advice would be to get a lawyer who is familiar with divorce, and go from there.