On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in divorce on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
Divorce is a difficult process, but it can be particularly challenging for a person who is in the military or married to a service member. These cases come with special challenges, and it is important to work with a lawyer who has experience in both Florida divorce laws and the complex issues unique to a military divorce.
The pressures of military service can add strain to a marriage, and these issues can carry over into the divorce process. From child custody to division of retirement benefits, your service in the Armed Forces may impact most issues that must be resolved in order to finalize the end of a marriage. It is critical to protect your parental rights by working with a lawyer familiar with the nuances of military divorce.
Protect your right to visitation and regular parenting time
As a parent, you are concerned about the well-being of your children and providing stability during and after divorce. Continuity of lifestyle and allowing for a strong relationship with both parents should be a main consideration in any custody agreement. As you pursue your desired custody arrangement or negotiate a co-parenting plan, consider how the following may affect you and your kids after the divorce is final:
- The possibility of future deployments
- Transfer to another base
- Special needs of the children
- Educational preferences
As a member of the military or the soon-to-be ex-spouse of a military member, you know that the duties of serving the country could affect one’s ability to have regular visitation or parenting time. A child custody order should reflect these unique considerations. What is best for the children, not temporary emotions, must be the priority for any custody decision.
A strong future for you and your family
Divorce is a complex process, especially when one or both of the parties is a member of the military. With qualified and knowledgeable experience on your side, you can protect your relationship with your children and secure a custody order that provides your family with a strong and stable future. From military pension to a workable parenting plan, military families face special challenges during a divorce, but you do not have to navigate these matters alone.