On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Monday, June 8, 2015.
Divorce is never a situation that should be taken lightly, but at the same time it is not a situation that should be automatically avoided either. There is often a social stigma about divorce where people feel that a divorced couple should never have been married in the first place or should have worked harder to keep their marriage together, but those who have been divorced know that this is far from the truth.
The fact of the matter is that things change and people change, especially when it comes to military life. Military life is not for everyone, and it can be extremely hard for a relationship to survive if one spouse is deployed in a different country for months at a time, so there is no shame in deciding to part from a relationship that is not working out the way it did at first. However, some military members shy away from divorce because they have heard that it is complex. But people must not refrain from divorcing simply because of the unknowns.
The legal assistance provided by an attorney can help you understand the many different complexities of a military divorce and guide you through the process. Thing such as the 10/10 rule, which allows non-service member spouses the option of receiving payments from the DFAS if the spouses were married for at least a decade, and at least a decade of qualifying military service was performed by the military member.
This is just one example of how a military divorce can differ from a civilian divorce, and a further reason as to why it is important to consult with an attorney if you are going through a military divorce. Just because you live in Missouri does not mean that you will necessarily be divorced in Missouri either, so make sure to contact an attorney who can help you understand the laws of your state.