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Considering divorce while your partner is deployed

If you have a military spouse, you will know how difficult things can be when he or she goes on deployment. Deployment can happen unexpectedly with little warning, and sometimes you are simply not emotionally prepared for the change in your life. In addition, deployment can deeply affect any children involved.

Your relationship may have been struggling before your spouse became deployed, and now that he or she is away, it is likely that you have a lot of time to think. It is always good to weigh up the implications of a divorce, both from a financial, emotional and logistical perspective. The following are some of the things that you should consider as a military spouse considering filing for divorce.

Find out about counseling options available to you

All active-duty military spouses have access to free support when it comes to dealing with the difficult aspects of marriage. At your local post of base, there should be counselors at hand to help you to talk through your problems and establish the best way to move forward. It is important to note that these free services will only be available while you are still married.

Assess the documents that you have to hand

The more documents that you gather, the more equipped you will be in knowing how the division of assets will play out and the legal implications of your military divorce.

If you are unsure of whether filing for divorce is the best option for you, it is important to take your time with the decision and understand exactly what this will mean financially in the long term.

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