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3 things you should know about military divorce in Georgia

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2023 | Military Divorce |

If you’re curious about how military divorces play out, you’ve come to the right place! Divorce is never an easy process and additional factors come into play when one or both spouses are military members. Understanding these nuances is crucial to help ensure a fair and smooth divorce process.

Whether you are an active-duty service member or a military spouse, navigating the complexities of divorce can be daunting. Stay tuned to delve into the intricacies of military divorce, discussing various legal aspects, procedures and essential considerations.

Division of military benefits

One of the critical aspects of military divorce is the division of military benefits. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) plays a vital role in this process, as it grants courts the authority to divide military retirement pay and other benefits between divorcing spouses.

However, it’s important to note that the USFSPA does not automatically entitle the non-military spouse to a portion of the service member’s retirement. Certain conditions must be met, such as the 10/10 rule, where marriage and military service overlap for at least ten years.

Child custody and support

Child custody and support issues can be emotionally charged during a divorce. For military families, factors like deployments and relocation can further complicate matters. Georgia family courts prioritize the child’s best interests when determining custody arrangements. In cases where a parent is deployed, a comprehensive family care plan is crucial to help ensure the child’s well-being during the absence.

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a federal law designed to help protect the rights of active-duty service members during legal proceedings, including divorce. Under the SCRA, military personnel have certain rights, such as requesting a stay (postponement) of court proceedings while on active duty.

Navigating the complexities of military divorce requires understanding family law and the specific regulations that apply to military members. Remember, each divorce case is unique, and seeking advice can help protect your rights and achieve a fair resolution.