The current divorce rate among military personnel in Florida and around the country remains stable. There’s even a very slow but gradual decline of military divorces that has proven to be a recent trend.
Why the trend?
Studies show that military couples are not prone to divorcing any more than civilian couples and may even be less likely to divorce. The steady income and benefits offered in the military can provide couples with stability that reduces stress or conflict in the marriage. The military even offers support to military families that civilian couples don’t have access to, which can increase the likelihood of success for the marriage.
How to prepare for filing for a military divorce
Not all military couples stay married, however. If you want to prepare to file for a military divorce, it’s important to gather your tax documents and any financial documents you’ll need to present when dividing your assets. You may want to scan and save all the documents to ensure they’re available electronically if you get deployed.
Meet with a family law attorney who has experience in high-asset military divorces to get help handling health insurance, spousal benefits and retirement benefits. It’s also necessary to create a budget to determine how much money you’ll need to live off of once the divorce is finalized. This can be affected by spousal or child support that you’re required to pay.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
If you plan to get divorced, it’s important to contact a family law attorney to learn more about your rights as a military service member. A legal professional may help to protect your assets and offer guidance on how to navigate the legal system when it comes to military matters.