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Ask an Attorney: How can military service affect our divorce?

How can military service affect our divorce?

Military service on behalf of our country is one of the greatest commitments and sacrifices a person can make.  However, it can also have a major impact on how you handle a separation and divorce. You will need to navigate through a complex series of state and federal laws and regulations to ensure your benefits and rights are protected.  The requirements for dividing marital retirement benefits for active duty and former service members are very different.  There are strict deadlines for certain elections and other benefits that only apply if you have been married a certain amount of time.  Something as simple as a missed deadline can result in a loss of benefits you worked hard for during your marriage.  It is important that you consult with an attorney who understands the constantly evolving law on these issues. One of our Annapolis attorneys would be pleased to assist you with navigating your family law matters today. And thank you for your service.