Unfortunately we as Americans are experiencing a steady increase in the rate of military divorces. In the past ten years, starting with the Afghanistan war in 2001 to 2011 the rate of divorce increased from 2.6 percent to 3.7 percent. The honorable act of serving one’s country can often times lead to a strained relationship that ultimately may require a couple to file for divorce.
Many couples, specifically the spouse who remains stateside while the military member is away on active duty, claim there is a lack of expectation when it comes to the realities of a military marriage. Often times an active member may not be able to fully comprehend or explain what the life of a military spouse will be like, or they may be hesitant to reveal the realities of the situation for fear of losing their spouse. The physical and emotional distances can create a void between couples and collectively many needs can feel unfulfilled.
Couples seeking a military divorce should find some comfort in the fact that it is much like a civilian divorce. Although largely regulated by state law, depending where the divorce is filed there may be some federal regulations you must abide by. There are also statues such as the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, which afford a spouse certain rights and protections, which may be applicable to your military divorce. If you and your spouse are seeking a military divorce contact the Family Law attorney’s at Fischer & Van Thiel LLP to ensure you file correctly in order to sure the most efficient and fast finalization.