Military life can cause significant stress on a marriage. Long or repeated deployments, base reassignments, and the dangers inherent in military service all impact couples. It is not surprising, then, that divorce is common among military couples. New Hampshire military divorce attorney Anna Goulet Zimmerman at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC understands the unique problems experienced by military couples and will help you through the divorce process.

How Military Divorce Is Handled Differently

Divorces commonly must address such matters as:

  • Child custody, visitation, and support
  • Spousal support
  • Division of property
  • Disposition of spousal retirement benefits

Manchester military divorce attorney Officer SalutingThese issues are common to both military and civilian divorces. However, one can be sure that they cannot be addressed in the same fashion when one of the spouses is in the military. For instance, if the couple separates and one spouse is stationed in another state, issues of child custody and visitation are not so easily handled.

Indeed, differences in military divorce is evident by the fact that civilian divorces are governed by state laws, while both state and federal laws impact those involving a military spouse. If this sounds complex, be assured that New Hampshire military divorce attorney Anna Goulet Zimmerman has thorough knowledge of military divorce procedures.

Federal Laws Affecting Military Divorce

As New Hampshire military divorce attorney Anna Zimmerman will tell you, the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act enables the spouse on active duty a postponement of the divorce until up to 60 days following completion of such duty.

One of the most striking distinctions between civilian and military couples is the fact that one spouse may be deployed far away for many months, or even years. In itself this can cause a high degree of distress upon a relationship; when a divorce becomes imminent, another new matter arises, that of how to conduct a divorce under such circumstances. The Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) allows the deployed spouse to postpone the divorce until his/her return to the U.S.

While the above laws protect the military spouse, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act can be beneficial to the non-military spouse. The act oversees the division of healthcare and military retirement pensions should a divorce occur. However, the couple must have been married for a minimum of 10 years while the military member was completing active duty in order for the spouse to qualify.

New Hampshire Military Divorce Attorney Anna Zimmerman Can Help You

If you are in the military and are facing divorce, it is very important that you work with New Hampshire military divorce attorney Anna Goulet Zimmerman, who has a strong understanding of both state and federal laws that are relevant. Attorney Zimmerman is the author of the definitive military divorce guide, Divorce in the Trenches, and has spoken with Family Law Talk Radio about military divorce.  Call the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC at (603) 624-7200 to arrange a consultation.

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