People who serve in the military are all too familiar with being apart from loved ones. At Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., we understand the strain that distance can put on a relationship as well as divorce proceedings. While these separations may be similar to civilian situations in some aspects, we know that there are often additional complications involved with military families.
As the American Bar Association points out, a key sticking point for many people going through a military divorce is often related to pension. There are a number of factors related to income and benefits that will likely come into play during the property division aspect of a separation. Each of these should be quantified in order to ensure an equitable division.
Spouses who are on active duty and out of the country cannot face civil litigation, as outlined by the Civil Relief Act of 2003. This does not mean, however, that a divorce may not be finalized during that time. However, military members should be aware that the nature of their position may take a toll on certain aspects of divorce, including the following:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
A military lifestyle often calls for moving around the country and even the world. Additionally, the spouse may be either unemployed or underemployed to accommodate the military member's job, which often leads to significant alimony payments.
At Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., we understand the unique circumstances surrounding military families who are undergoing situations such as divorce. Our attorneys know how to account for the assets at stake and advocate for the best interests of a client.
For more information on this topic, please visit our page on military divorce and property division.