By Staff Attorney
The Gasper Law Group, PLLC
Divorce is tough, but it can be a particularly complex and confusing process for military families. Your questions may touch on diverse topics, including:
- What will happen to your military benefits if you divorce your spouse who’s in the Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force?
- Will special rules and constraints on child support apply?
- Where, physically, do I file for the divorce?
- How will the separation affect my military pension?
Our experienced divorce attorneys work frequently on military divorce cases, and we can answer specific questions like these. In addition, consider these emotional and educational support resources:
- National Military Family Association – Learn general information about the divorce process for military separation, statutes governing military divorce, and child support through this organization.
- Military OneSource – Talk to someone confidentially, learn more about divorce in the military, and find face-to-face support solutions through this online support center for military families.
- Meetup.com – You may not find a military divorce group, but you could always start one for your location. Meetup.com has several divorced and single-parent groups designed to help individuals get back to their lives.
- FormerMilitarySpouse.com – Another great resource for general information and specific questions, this website directs individuals to a Facebook support group for former military spouses to share their experiences and help one another.
- Church, Synagogue, or Temple – Those who find strength in their religion can find one-on-one and group support at a religious institution. Ask the coordinator about divorce support services or speak with a spiritual leader for guidance.
- Cafemom.com – This site has an “Ex-Military Wives Club” that serves as a forum for people who are geographically dispersed but looking for peer support. Start a new conversation or read through the threads to find individuals who have had similar experiences.
- Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) – Each military base has a professional consultant in the Family Support Center or Readiness Center. Consultants provide counseling for spouses and active-duty military members as well as information regarding military divorce.
Depending on the stage of your marriage or divorce, one option may work better than another option. In addition to these resources, you can speak with your divorce attorney regarding additional sources of support in the local community or online. Military divorce affects spouses and military members differently, and knowing where you can go for help can facilitate the process.
The Gasper Law Group is here to help you and your family work through this complex and emotionally intense process. Please call us at 719-227-7779 to schedule a free consultation about the next steps for your military divorce.