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Military divorce and civilian divorce are not the same

Experiencing the pain and struggles of divorce will be difficult regardless of one’s age, gender or position in life. However, there are certain things that can make divorce more difficult for some couples in Massachusetts or elsewhere. Military divorce, for example, is accompanied by some concerns about which those working through civilian marital dissolution may not have to worry.

Anyone who has or is living the military lifestyle knows how different life, in general, is compared to those in civilian relationships. These families move all of the time or experience one spouse being gone for deployments on a frequent basis. For those who have children, this does not tend to give the parent at home much ability to seek work outside the home, and it can make it difficult for children to form relationships with their military parents.

These are just a few issues affecting military families; obviously, there are many more, but these issues alone can have a significant impact on divorce agreements. When children are in the picture, custody concerns can be difficult to work through. Military parents should not have to miss out on even more time with their children, so custody and visitation arrangements may be harder to figure out. Spousal support is also big in military divorces, as spouses of service members have often sacrificed their educations or pursuits of employment opportunities; they often need assistance to get on their feet after divorces are finalized. Military members may find themselves paying quite a bit in support for their spouses and children, when all is said and done.

Every divorce has its challenges, regardless if it is a military or civilian divorce. Service members in Massachusetts can seek assistance in achieving the best possible agreements in terms of support payments, custody concerns and property division. While there are special considerations that must be addressed in military divorce cases, it is possible to achieve a settlement that serves the best interests of everyone involved.

Source:, “Military Divorce: Dividing Children, Pay and Pensions“, Rebekah Sanderlin, Accessed on Oct. 13, 2015


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