The Struggle of Military Divorce
Distance is a common breeding ground for marital strife. Physical distance often translates to emotional distance for army wives and husbands, circumstances that make it hard to keep a family together. If your spouse is away while you raise your family and your marriage has fallen apart, you need to navigate around the restrictions the military has set in place.
In Tennessee, active military service men and women cannot be affected by default divorce acts in the event that they don’t respond to it; this prevents them from being ambushed, so to speak. If they so choose, the spouse can postpone the divorce for the entire time the military serviceman is on duty, and for sixty days afterward. This fine print can be frustrating for most military wives or husbands if their spouse chooses to ignore the divorce filing—they know all too well that servicemen rarely have off-duty time for such an extended time period.
Child Support and Military Divorces FAQ
If you have been raising a family while your spouse was on a tour of duty, you may feel automatically entitled to your due child support. The law is on your side—all members of the military are legally obligated to fork over child support and alimony for your well-being. The alimony and child support cannot, however, exceed 60% of the member’s pay.
As the one-time spouse of a military serviceman, if you may later be entitled to their military pension, even if they remarry. However, your time together should exceed ten years, and this should have been during the member’s active military duty.
Get Help with Conducting Your Military Divorce
Martin Sir & Associates can guide you through filing your divorce, serving your spouse when necessary, and fighting for the child support and alimony you deserve. When the circumstances of your spouse’s service is a big setback, we can help expedite the process.
Martin Sir of Nashville has been attending to family law battles for many years. He will happily offer you a free initial consultation. Martin Sir & Associates can be reached today at 616-256-5661 or email at [email protected]