The trauma and pain underlying a divorce is the same, no matter whether you are part of a military couple, or a civilian couple. However, when a military couple files for divorce, certain factors come into play that make these divorces different from civilian divorce.
When you file for a divorce as part of a military couple, you must file only in the jurisdiction in which the partner serving in the military is either domiciled or resident. You can also file for divorce in other states, provided both you and your spouse agree to the jurisdiction.
All service members are legally required to make child support payments as per their obligations. Service members may be held to even higher standards when it comes to child support orders. Any violations can include punishment that can even end in a separation from the services. Not surprisingly, therefore, child-support compliance rates are much higher among service members, compared to non service members.
Even the calculations of your child-support amount and spousal support may differ if you’re part of a military couple. Typically, child support payments in the military are lower than those that are established by child support guidelines in the state of Colorado.
Additionally, the assets that are up for division during a divorce may differ when you are one half of a military couple. For instance, service members are eligible for a variety of benefits that civilians are not. The military provides a full range of benefits, including employment benefits, health insurance, life insurance, pension benefits, and other benefits. All of these benefits may be up for division during the divorce.
One of the more important things to remember is that you cannot be in a sexual relationship with another person before your divorce is finalized. Adultery is considered a crime in the military, and if you date someone before your divorce is finalized, you may be considered to have committed adultery even if you were separated from your spouse at the time.
If you are married to a military service member, speak to a Colorado divorce lawyer about your next course of action and how you can protect your rights.