Military families across the state of Illinois and the entire country are confronted by a number of unique challenges, including extended deployments and station changes. It is for that reason that we here at Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, understand just how complex military divorces can be for all parties involved. No matter if you are a member of the Armed Forces or are married to a retired service member, it can be incredibly helpful to understand some of the complications and difficulties you may encounter during divorce proceedings.
If you are currently on deployment or are stationed overseas, you may have questions and concerns about when, where and how to file for divorce. Illinois can be considered your state of residency if you lived here with your spouse prior to leaving the country, and can therefore be your location of filing in many cases. It’s also important to keep in mind that your active duty status can impact when your divorce takes place. Unless you consent to the terms of your divorce, for instance, you may be able to delay divorce proceedings for a certain amount of time. Another key point to military divorce is the fact that your spouse cannot obtain a divorce without your knowledge while you are considered active duty.
When it comes to property division and other common issues, military divorce differs from civilian divorce in several ways as well. For instance, your child custody agreement can involve considerations for temporary duty assignments overseas deployments. Similarly, federal guidelines like the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act can play a large role in determining how spousal support and other awards are issued in your case.
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