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Common questions about divorcing a military member

If you are a military spouse and you are considering filing for a divorce, it is likely that you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the process. It is important that you understand the process and the things that make your circumstances different from the norm.

Divorcing a member of the military is just the same as any other divorce. However, there are details and implications that need to be addressed that are specific to military divorces. These details are usually related to the division of military benefits.

Will I be able to keep my military ID card and privileges after a divorce?

In the majority of divorces, the military spouse will not be able to keep his or her military ID card. However, there are certain circumstances in which exceptions are made. For example, the military spouse will be entitled to keep the ID if the marriage lasted more than 20 years, and if at least 20 of those marital years overlapped with military service.

Will the military authorities intervene in the divorce process?

Any divorce, including a military divorce, is considered a private civil matter. Therefore, the military authorities will not intervene unless it is necessary.

Will child custody negotiations take into account the situation?

The child custody courts will always take the time to assess individual situations, especially when one parent is a member of the military.

If you are considering filing for a divorce as a military spouse in the state of Ohio, it is important that you fully understand the logistical and financial implications. An attorney can help you learn more.

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