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Legal assistance is vital in a Texas military divorce

Texas has many people who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, are retired, or are reservists. These individuals sacrificed and continue to sacrifice a great deal to serve their country and are not immune to the problems that happen to a vast number of people, including divorce. There are different aspects to a military divorce than there are in a civilian divorce. Important matters such as pensions, medical coverage and child custody if a parent is deployed must all be considered. This is when legal help is imperative.

Supreme Court ruling affects military benefits and disability

As with a civilian divorce, there are the customary factors that will come to the forefront in a military divorce such as support for children and providing benefits to the non-military spouse. However, since military benefits are integral to the life of a former service member and the spouse, how these are allocated after military retirement is vital to a case. Changes to how the law views these benefits must be watched closely.

Military divorce statistics static for males, rise for females

Military life can be stressful for families. With the deployments and the reality that a loved one will be put into harm's way in defense of the country, it can put an extra strain on marriages that add to the normal, everyday issues that arise and lead to disputes between spouses and perhaps a divorce. For Texans who are in the military, understanding the impact of a divorce while serving is imperative as it can affect military benefits and other issues.

Subtle changes to USFSPA affects a military divorce settlement

There are many military members and former military members in Texas. A vast number of these service members, past and present, were in the service of the country for sufficient time to receive military benefits such as a pension and medical coverage after they have been discharged. In some instances, these people were married and chose to divorce.

Supreme Court hears military divorce case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard argument on a military divorce appeal concerning the division of retirement pay which can have major financial consequences for divorcing military couples. The Court will rule on whether retired service personnel must pay a portion of retirement pay that they now receive as disability pay.

Child custody and support in the military

Military service does not disqualify parents from obtaining primary child custody. Moreover, they may have custody rights after a military divorce. Texas has guidelines governing custody plans that apply to military families. Federal and Texas law also require both parents to provide financial support for their children.

What are the protections for military spouses?

Spouses of military personnel in Texas have additional protections for enforcement of orders under federal laws following a military divorce. Under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA), state courts may distribute retirement pay to formers spouse of service members and the Department of Defense (DOD) may enforce these state court support orders.