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Deployment and divorce: Civilians should know their rights

Members of the military live a life that is filled with location changes and other challenges. When the military member is married, his or her family is along for the ride. While many military spouses are proud of the job their spouse is doing, there are instances in which the marriage simply doesn't survive a deployment. If you are a military spouse and have learned that your spouse wants to call it quits during a deployment, you should take steps to protect yourself in case the divorce does move forward when the service member returns.

We know that you might not have seen the divorce coming. Sadly, having to be away from your spouse while he or she is deployed means that you might have missed some of the signs that things were heading in the wrong direction. We can help you to learn about what you need to know if you have to deal with a military divorce.

Unlike civilian divorces, a military divorce isn't governed by only the state's laws in which the divorce is filed. There are federal laws that must be considered when a divorce involves a member of the military. Understanding how the processes differ is crucial, especially if you have been married for decades since the service member's retirement fund might become part of the property division process.

One of the first things you should do if you think that the divorce is on the horizon is to check the finances. You need to find out where there is money, what the balances are on all the accounts and anything else that has to do with finances. You also have to sit down and determine how you will make ends meet if you have to live on a single income.

We know that this is all scary, but we are here to help you learn about military divorces. This will enable you to decide how you are going to handle the legal end of the marriage if and when the time comes.

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