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Understanding the USFSPA - Part I

Divorce, whether civilian or military, always has a financial side to it. A divorce is followed by alimony, property division, child custody, visitation rights and other disputes between the couple in court, if it turns out to be a bitter divorce. In order to protect the rights of individuals, federal and state authorities have put in place various mechanisms to deal with those issues.

Understanding the Virginia Military Parents Equal Protection Act

Child custody issues can become complicated if one parent is serving in the military. Fortunately, the Virginia Military Parents Equal Protection Act provides legal protection to members of the military in child custody issues.

What benefits can former military spouses receive?

While military divorce proceedings, like their civilian counterparts, are mostly subjected to state laws, there may be a few unique regulations applicable in military cases. For example, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act governs the rights and benefits you might receive after divorcing a military service member.

Divorce, deployment and child custody

Divorce is hard on all of the parties involved, including the children, and in cases of military family law these cases may be handled a little differently than their civilian counterparts. For instance, recently, a 28-year-old serviceman was threatened with jail time as well as the loss of custody of his daughter while he was deployed. This man holds primary custody of his daughter from a previous marriage. However, the child custody issue garnered tremendous public sympathy, compelling a judge to reverse her previous decisions.

Sailor requests judge to postpone child custody proceedings

Military deployment to a remote location, far away from family is difficult for any soldier. Some couples, who cannot handle the strain of military life, opt to divorce and not complicate their lives further. Virginia is home to dozens of military families, and residents know that child custody when one spouse is still actively engaged in active duty can be quite complicated, if not handled correctly. Recently, a social media campaign in many states was carried out in support of a U.S. Navy sailor ordered by the court to be present at a hearing, even though he is deployed to an unknown location.

What divorce support exists for military husbands?

Service members of the United States military have been entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining peace and security within the borders of the country and beyond. Alexandria City, Virginia, too, is home to many service members from the U.S. Military. In many cases, the service members are able to protect the country from threats but are often unable to cope with the pressure of keeping their families together.

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