The dissolution of marriage when one spouse is a member of the military is not incredibly different from the normal proceedings. However, if one spouse is an active member of the military, courts may have to work around their schedule, with the understanding that the spouse may not be in the country for several months. Unfortunately, divorce has become more common among members of the military, as one spouse may be gone from another for months at a time, making a relationship difficult to maintain. If you are going through the difficult process of a military divorce, do not hesitate to contact an experienced family law attorney to assist you through the process.
The term “military divorce” does not represent a type of divorce, but only describes the circumstances which might surround the divorce. If you or your spouse had a permanent residence in Arizona for at least 90 days before filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the divorce will fall within the state laws of Arizona. Military divorces are not governed by military laws, but are instead governed by state laws that apply to military members and civilians.
Similar to a civilian divorce, it is important to keep in mind the division of property when finalizing the aspects of a military divorce. If you are a member of the military and are not in the country during the divorce proceedings, it is important to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer who will protect your interests and will ensure that any court proceedings reflect your wishes. It is difficult to go through any major life events while serving overseas, but it can be devastating to go through a divorce proceeding without having your interests accurately represented.
Military divorce not only deals with the division of assets, but will also involve emotional issues such as child custody agreements. It may seem nearly impossible to reach a consensus with a spouse who might be overseas, especially involving your right to see your children. However, an experienced family law attorney will work with you to understand your needs during a military divorce and will convey these items to the court. IT is important to work with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible after the divorce proceedings begin to ensure these important items, such as child custody, accurately reflect your family dynamic. The fact that you are stationed overseas should not impact your future relationship with your child.
Viles Law Firm | Phoenix, Arizona Divorce Lawyer
If you or your former spouse are a military member and are in the process of dissolving your marriage, do not hesitate to contact the Viles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling divorce proceedings, including military divorces, and understand the issues that could arise during these proceedings. We will work carefully with you to ensure your interests are protected throughout the divorce proceedings and will keep you updated regardless where your current assignment takes you. Contact our Phoenix, Arizona office today for your initial free consultation.