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Military divorces are inherently more complicated

Marriage is often part of military life. But when the relationship goes awry, the fallout can be both complex and hurtful. Complications quickly arise when one realizes that a divorce involving someone who is part of the military not only invokes state law but also federal law. The confusion surrounding the combination of these may even be present in a judge presiding over this type of divorce -- that is how complex it can get. Then there is the issue of hurtful decision-making, most easily performed on the part of the non-military spouse.

Deployment is a time that many of these individuals go through with their divorce decisions, leaving the military member feeling betrayed and potentially helpless. Thinking about a divorce that a soldier has been blindsided with can be detrimental to her or his performance while on duty in the field. In some cases, the tactic of filing for divorce during a military member's deployment has resulted in the stripping of any custody rights due to the unfair assessment that these individuals are not around and have not been physically present in their children's lives. In many cases, such a decision can be reversed upon the return of the soldier from deployment because she or he has ample time to address the issues.

This happened to a sailor while he was deployed. When he returned from his six months away, his children were with his ex-wife and he was not able to see them. This was soon fixed with the help of an attorney and now the man has a considerable portion of the parenting time. If you live in New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana and are expecting to be involved in a military divorce, discuss your situation with a lawyer. She or he may be able to help you properly navigate the twists and turns that come with a divorce of this nature. With a guide such as this, issues like child custody and property division may be tackled with much less stress.

Source:  Nearby News, "Military Issues In Divorce And Custody Matters" Joshua R. Boyle, Aug. 01, 2013

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