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Is your spouse entitled to your military benefits after divorce?

If you reside in Virginia, are part of the U.S. Armed Forces and suspect a divorce is in your future, you may be wondering what rights your spouse will retain to your military benefits once the divorce is final. In most cases, your spouse will no longer be eligible to use a military commissary or rely on Tricare benefits once the two of you divorce, but there is a key exception.

How does the VA offset factor in divorce settlements?

If you are a Virginia veteran with a former spouse, a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court with regard to retirement benefits and divorce settlements may be welcome indeed. This ruling overturned an older decision by a state court and shined a light on some of the issues with the VA offset.

How to create a parenting plan for a military divorce

Creating a parenting plan can be difficult for any divorcing couple, but if you are part of a military family in Virginia, you may find the process even harder. Not only will all of the typical details need to be considered, but the inconsistencies of military life can make the process much more complicated. We at Jeffrey A Vogelman want to keep the process as simple as possible.

How a military divorce can differ from a civilian divorce


Getting a divorce is rarely easy. There are always issues that develop that are difficult to agree upon, can fray the nerves of the spouses and wind up costing them money. But, for a member of the U.S. military, divorce can sometimes be even more difficult. That is because there are certain aspects of a military divorce that can be more complicated than a civilian one. So, here is a brief look at some of these issues that affect Virginian military families.

Child support when one parent is in the military-Part II


When a military service member gets a divorce, typically, the person must go through the civil procedure in family court, much like the person's civilian counterpart. However, the service member's situation may lead to unique problems in processing the divorce procedure or the different legal issues in a divorce, such as child custody and child support.

Child support when one parent is in the military: Part I


Many Alexandria City, Virginia residents have enlisted in the military and are even deployed to foreign countries or out of state in order to fulfill their duty to the nation. However, a lot of military personnel also go through the same personal problems as their civilian counterparts, such as divorce, child custody and child support.

Military helpful in tracing active duty parents


For the majority of people who divorce, relationships with former spouses can be strained enough that they keep contact to a minimum. Many, however, must remain in communication because the needs of their minor children require their cooperation over a variety of matters, including the payment of child support. Sometimes, though, as some custodial parents in Virginia have discovered, if their ex-spouses are serving in the military, their whereabouts can sometimes be unknown because of sudden changes in assignments or overseas deployments. When it comes to receiving court-ordered child support, this can mean big trouble for a custodial parent.

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