Unfortunately, not every marriage is destined to last, and members of the military are not immune to this fact. For those stationed in war zones abroad, time and distance have been known to cause an irreparable strain in many unions.
Divorce can have unique implications when you are an active-duty service member, reservist or are married to a service member. For instance, a child custody arrangement may have to take into account what to do if one or both parents are deployed overseas. If one spouse is currently stationed abroad, simply dealing with a divorce happening thousands of miles away can be very difficult, let alone making it to the courthouse.
This is why it is important for service members and military spouses, when selecting a divorce lawyer, to find one who is experienced in military divorce cases. Common questions for people in this situation include:
- How do I modify a child custody order if I must move cross-country or get deployed abroad?
- How can I ensure the custody and visitation arrangements will be fair?
- What about child support?
- Do I have to appear in court personally when a custody matter comes up?
Obviously, much of these issues are important to civilian parents as well. But being in the military presents its own set of opportunities and challenges. Because our service members put everything on the line in defense of this country, they deserve the best in everything, including legal representation. And no divorcing military member should be deprived of parenting time or custody unjustly.