How Does a Military Divorce Work?

How Does a Military Divorce Work?

While divorce is never easy, military divorces can often be far more difficult for a variety of reasons. For example, with military divorces, there are some additional rules and requirements that apply to U.S. service members and their spouses regarding support payments, service of process, division of military pensions, etc.

If you are contemplating divorce and you or your spouse is a member of the military, it is important you work with family law attorneys who have experience with military divorces, such as our team at Parra Harris Law.  

In order to file for divorce in Florida, you must either be a permanent resident of the state or stationed here by the military. The state in which you decide to file will determine what is required for divorce including timesharing, property and assets division, child support, and more.  

If there are children involved in your divorce, the court will take many factors into account when dealing with timesharing. Overall, the court will usually find it is best for the child to reside with the parent who is not deployed to provide more stability in his/her life. While a person is deployed, his/her parental rights are protected and custody arrangements cannot be changed during their deployment unless it impacts the child’s well-being, which needs to be proven in court.  

When it comes to receiving military retirement benefits following divorce, they are calculated and divided by the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA). Under this federal law, a person must be married to a service member for at least ten years while he or she was active military in order to receive direct benefits. If this time frame is not met, the person may still be eligible for partial benefits paid by the ex-spouse and not the government.  

These are just a few of the many military divorce issues that need to be addressed during the dissolution of marriage process. Fortunately, our team at Parra Harris Law is here to help and finalize your divorce in a respectful and efficient manner. 

Looking for a Family Law Attorney in Jacksonville?

This article does not replace the legal advice of our professional lawyers at Parra Harris Law, so we advise you to set up a consultation to discuss your matter face-to-face. If you are a military family facing a divorce in Florida, we are experienced Jacksonville family law attorneys who will guide you through your case every step of the way.  

Divorce can be an emotional and volatile event for both military and civilian families. You need a competent, qualified and experienced divorce attorney working for you. At Parra Harris Law, our team of family law attorneys will guide you through this difficult and emotional process. 

At Parra Harris Law, we are experienced in divorce and family law. We have over 45 years of combined experience. We handle all aspects of divorce and family law litigation matters including but not limited to: child support, timesharing, alimony, property division, modification, and enforcement. 

We are happy to sit down with you and have a confidential family law consultation.  Our Jacksonville family law attorneys at Parra Harris Law can help guide you through all divorce and family law issues.

Let our team of legal professionals help you get started with your family law case in Jacksonville. 

To contact us for more information or to set up a consultation, call us at 904-900-1617 or visit our Jacksonville divorce law page. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Paola Parra Harris