You and your spouse have decided to end your marriage. It is okay — it happens to a lot of couples in Florida and elsewhere. There is light at the end of the tunnel; you can get through it. If you or your spouse is a member of the armed forces, you may find some aspects of divorce a little different than a traditional marital dissolution. Getting an attorney who gets military divorce may help.

In many ways, military divorce is just like traditional divorce. Couples have to figure out who gets to keeps what, custody arrangements and financial support — if applicable. This they can do through private negotiations, mediation or litigation. How is military divorce different, then?

When it comes to assets, how military pensions can be divided is different than, say, a 401(k). Time in the armed forces and marriage length will be used to determine if the non-military member spouse has any rights to the service member’s pension. The same factors are used to determine if the non-military spouse gets to keep any other benefits offered to service members. Then there is the matter of child custody. While one’s job should not determine how much time one gets with his or her children, active duty service members who are frequently called to trainings or deployments may have to fight harder to get the custody arrangement that he or she feels is best.

Attorneys who do not have experience with the military may not understand all the nuances of a military divorce. If you are going through a military divorce in Florida, having experience on your side could prove helpful to your case. To learn more, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.