Military divorce comes with its own nuances, including issues with service, jurisdiction and child custody.
Getting a divorce is never easy, but those either serving or married to an individual serving in the military can face unique obstacles. These can include:
Although child support determinations are handled differently in military divorces compared to civilian divorces, service members and civilians alike are both required to provide financial support to their children. However, child support cannot exceed 60 percent of a military member’s pay.
There are a variety of laws that govern the divorce proceedings of military families. For example, the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, along with the discretion of the Maryland court, allows divorce proceedings to be postponed while a service member is on duty for up to 60 days after the individual has returned from active duty. Also, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act governs how military retirement benefits are divided after a divorce.
These are just a few of the laws and issues that can arise in a military divorce. As a result, those going through dissolution of marriage in Maryland with one or both members in the military are wise to seek the counsel of an experienced military divorce attorney. This legal professional will guide you through the process, advocating for your rights and working to better ensure a more favorable outcome.
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