While only 3% of military members get divorced, and military divorces make up a small number of nationwide divorces overall, it’s important that members of the U.S. military know that seeking a divorce is an option when they are unhappy in their marriages. However, military divorces are different from divorces sought by other citizens as those in such marriages generally have unique factors which must be considered.
What Makes Military Divorce Different
Members of the U.S. military and their spouses operate under certain different divorce laws and regulations than regular citizens. Several of the aspects of military divorce that make this process different include:
- Exemption from “default” charges when a service member is on active duty (if he or she fails to respond to divorce action)
- Service of divorce notification directly to an active duty service member
- In Texas, residency requirements that state that either you or your spouse must be living in / stationed in Texas at the time of the divorce
- Proper division of property, under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)
These stipulations can make divorce in the military extremely different than it is for regular citizens. As such, having an in-depth understanding of these regulations and laws that pertain to your situation as a military member is critical.
Because divorce for military and service members’ spouses involves some unique laws, it’s important to have an experienced attorney at your side who can walk you through this process and how you will be affected. If you or your spouse is in the U.S. military and you are thinking of ending your marriage, speak with a military divorce lawyer of the BB Law Group PLLC, today. Call (832) 534-2589 today to discuss your particular situation.