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Post-divorce family support in the military

Going through a divorce in the military is, in theory, just the same as going through a divorce as a nonmilitary person. However, it means in addition that there may be complications in regard to child custody when the military parent goes to serve in active duty. In addition, military services have regulations in place to make sure that all members of the military are providing adequate family support.

These regulations for family support are different depending on the particular military service. The following are some of the regulations that are in place for differing military services.

The Navy and Marines

In the Navy, there are guidelines for the fractional amount that a military person must give in support of his or her family. This means that a former spouse should receive one-third of gross pay, one spouse and one minor should receive one-half of gross pay, and a spouse with at least two children should receive three-fifths of gross pay.

The Army

The Army states that soldiers should provide an equivalent amount to the basic housing allowance, including a rate for dependent children, unless the courts state that another amount is necessary.

The Air Force

The Air Force lacks specific regulations in terms of how much support should be given, but the individual commander can determine this.

All military members have the responsibility to pay child and spousal support if it is required. Those seeking to obtain child support from a military member should go down the traditional route of obtaining a court order. In this way, the entire scenario will be justly assessed.

Source: The Balance, "Military Divorce and Separation," accessed March 14, 2018

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