Military Family Law Archives

Study examines the effects of deployments on military divorces

The United States’ wars with Afghanistan and Iraq have increased the demands placed on the nation’s military service members. Consequently, this has also added to the unique stresses that are placed on military marriages. As a result of lengthened deployments, as well as the training time spent preparing for these extended tours of duty, military personnel and their spouses often spend months living apart. This not only requires them to learn how to communicate about any issues, marital or household, but also how to maintain an emotional connection through brief, and often irregular phone calls, email, instant messaging and, in some cases, web-cam sessions.

Navy father could lose custody of daughter due to deployment

Military service members who are stationed in Florida, and throughout the country, are commonly called away from their homes on deployments, which can last anywhere from a matter of days to more than a year, in the service of the United States. If during the course of a deployment a military family law, or other civil legal issue, should arise, military personnel are often unable to appear in court to represent their interests.

Same-sex military couples denied benefits based on state laws

While changes to marriage laws at the federal level have provided some long-awaited benefits to same-sex couples, these changes have also resulted in issues for couples who reside in states, like Florida, where same-sex marriages are still banned. These discrepancies can cause the spouses of federal employees, such as military personnel, to lose out on benefits they would be entitled to in states that allow same-sex unions. This often only further complicates military family law issues during already difficult times, such as during a deployment or when a service member is killed.

Law protects military parents’ rights while deployed

There are military personnel stationed in Sarasota and other cities throughout the U.S., many of whom have families. Like civilian families, military families can also face personal legal issues including divorce and custody issues. Military family law issues, however, can be made much more difficult when they are ongoing while one of the people involved is deployed.

Military women have higher divorce rate than men

A divorce is never an easy thing to experience. For people our nation’s armed forces, there can be many nuances that add to an already-difficult experience. Military divorce issues such as deployments, handling child custody during assignment transfers and more make a military divorce very unique when compared to a civilian divorce.

Military divorce rate affected by deployment time and conditions

Military families know that they face unique challenges that civilians simply do not always understand. The bonds that can be created by banding together through multiple moves can be beautiful and strong. However, the frequency of moves and/or the impact of separations can be devastating. A couple facing a military divorce understands all too well the ramifications of their situation.

Many challenges exist for grandparents taking care of grandchildren

The military can provide a number of benefits to a person but it can also be difficult on families in Sarasota. Military divorce is common and many military servicemen and women find themselves caring for a child with little support. In the event that a parent faces deployment overseas, it may fall upon the grandparents to provide a home for the child and this can result in a unique situation. Because the arrangement is often a temporary one, grandparents often do not hold legal guardianship or child custody of their grandchildren.

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