Military Divorce Comes With Unique Challenges

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process. A divorce involving military personnel, however, adds layers of red tape and potential complications. If you are entering into a military divorce, either as a member of the military or as a military spouse, an experienced lawyer can guide you through the legal process.

At the Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez in San Antonio, I provide skilled representation in divorce cases involving military personnel stationed at bases such as:

  • Fort Sam Houston
  • Lackland Air Force Base
  • Randolph Air Force Base
  • USO San Antonio
  • Camp Bullis

What Makes Military Divorce So Complex?

Some of the reasons for the complexity of military divorce are obvious. For example, when a parent is stationed outside of Texas or overseas, it makes coming up with child custody arrangements challenging. However, it is still important that the child maintain a relationship with each parent, so creativity may be necessary. With my experience, I know how to craft workable parenting plans in these challenging situations.

Military divorces can also become complex with regard to the division of military pensions and other retirement benefits. Military retirement benefits are subject to property division in divorce. If you are the civilian spouse, a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) will have to be prepared so that you may begin to receive your portion of the military retirement. It is not enough to simply list the division of military retirement benefits in the final decree. There are specific laws that dictate how those benefits are to be divided, so it is critical that you choose an attorney who understands the applicable laws.

I am well-versed in all laws that impact military divorce, including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, formerly known as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. This law in particular provides protections for the people who are actively serving our country. It plays a role in when and how a divorce can be filed when one spouse is on active duty, among other things.

Free 15 To 20 Minute Divorce Consultation

Whether you are an active or reserve member of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard or any other branch of the armed forces, or you are a military spouse, I can help. Contact me today at 210-368-2608 or toll free at 800-823-6321 or, if you prefer, by email. Evening and weekend appointments are available, upon request.