Are you prepared for a military divorce?

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in divorce on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

As an active duty member of the military you already have enough to worry about without adding family law issues into the mix. However, if you are going through a divorce, you probably have some serious concerns that need to be addressed. Will your military benefits be affected? What will you do about child custody? With the right help, you can come out on the other side of a divorce with an agreeable solution to these issues and more.

Although the end goal of a military divorce is the same as that of a civilian divorce in Florida, getting there requires a skilled understanding of the laws, regulations and what is at stake. For example, rather than having a custody order from the state of Florida, military parents will usually defer to their respective branch’s regulations. Each individual branch determines what an active duty must pay for a dependent child if he or she is physically separated from them.

It is also important that all sources of military income are counted during divorce proceedings. Some military members do not understand that their various allowances — including their Basic Allowance for Housing and Basic Allowing for Sustenance — are counted as income. Only reporting Basic Pay could reflect a much lower and inaccurate picture of your income which, even if accidental, could potentially get you in trouble down the line.

Navigating the legal details of income and support are just the tip of the iceberg in a military divorce. There are many more issues to address, including what you will do about your custody agreement if you are sent on a temporary duty or deployment? These matters are too important to leave to chance. For more answers to these questions and more, be sure to visit our Florida family law website.