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Florida service member rights when it comes to divorce

Divorce can touch people of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds and career paths. Military personnel in Florida who are married are not immune from breakups, and there are service member rights in place when it comes to the divorce process. The military looks upon divorce as a civil matter and will only become involved when contentious issues involve pay, benefits or property.

Service member rights: Managing the military divorce process

A marriage breakdown can be especially difficult when one partner is a service member. Divorce in the military comes with its own set of unique challenges and must take into consideration service member rights. Although state laws govern divorce, certain federal laws and regulations regarding the military may apply to a military divorce situation. Florida military members have access to certain no-cost services such as advice pertaining to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and income taxes, for starters.

Florida military divorce: Military benefits and retirement funds

Divorce is difficult no matter if one is going through the dissolution process as a civilian or as a member of the U.S. armed forces. While there may not be a lot of difference between a civilian and service member divorce in Florida, how certain assets are treated is different. For example, military benefits and retirement funds may or may not be accessible to a non-service member spouse following a divorce.

How will deployment affect chances of child custody?

For Florida military families, divorce can cause more complex issues than for civilian families. For one thing, military parents must always keep in mind the potential for reassignment or deployment when considering child custody issues. The fluid life of a service member means being ready at a moment's notice when an assignment requires a move to another part of the country or world. Technically, this should not affect the outcome of a child custody ruling, but unfortunately, it often does impact a court decision.

Rate of military divorce remains unchanged in past year

The concern for the struggles military couples have faced over the years has led to policy changes in several branches of the armed services. Awareness is growing for the troubles military couples face in Florida and across the country, and some branches are offering more services and resources to help keep marriages together. The Pentagon keeps data related to marriages among members of the armed services, and each year, the government releases an analysis of the data.

Overcoming the stress of deployment in military marriage

Being married to someone who serves in the U.S. armed forces may be one of the most challenging partnerships a person can face. Service members and their spouses must quickly adapt to changes, including moves to unfamiliar places and prolonged periods apart during deployment. Because of the stress involved, the rate of divorce within all branches of the military is high. Some advisors suggest ways for Florida couples to overcome the common complaints about military marriages.

Service member rights protected by federal law

Those who serve their country in the military often face many harsh conditions in the fight to preserve freedom. Because of this, the federal government has enacted numerous laws to protect service member rights when they may otherwise be violated. One such protection is the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. In addition to numerous other rights, the law protects those who serve from civil lawsuits, including divorce, while they are on active duty and up to 60 days afterward.

Divorce raises issues concerning military benefits

Florida service members have a lot to think about when they first enlist. In addition to their instructions and physical training, they may hear lectures about the military benefits and obligations that may apply to certain circumstances, such as financial issues or divorce. Recently, a U.S. Supreme Court decision has brought about changes in the rules states must follow concerning retirement pay for ex-spouses of service members.

Deployment is one factor that may jeopardize military marriages

Florida families in which at least one spouse serves in the military know the challenges such a life presents. The stress and uncertainty of deployment combined with the difficulty many have when returning to civilian life are only two factors that can work against a couple trying to keep a marriage alive. While such couples may feel they are alone in their struggle, a recent study shows there are many fighting along with them.

Military parental custody rights during deployment

The number of service members who are being deployed has increased in recent years, leaving many military parents concerned about their custody rights. When military parents divorce during deployment, there is a real worry that they could lose custody of their children. For those facing these issues in Florida, there are steps that can be taken in order to avoid this.

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