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Military divorce jurisdiction considerations

If you or your spouse is a member of one of the branches of the United States armed forces and you currently live in California, you have no doubt lived in more than one state and possibly more than one country. While the need to move multiple times can be part and parcel of life in the military and it can expose you and your family to many new cultures and ways of life, it can actually pose an interesting dilemma for you if you are going to get a divorce.

The dilemma surrounds the issue of where you will file for your divorce. As explained by, different states have different divorce laws that may alter the outcome of your ultimate divorce settlement. The laws might also influence how long it might take you to complete your divorce if, for example, the state in which you file has a designated wait period after filing for divorce before allowing it to be final.

Another issue that may be influenced based upon where you get divorced is whether or not a military pension is allowed to be split between the servicemember and the non-military spouse. Care should be taken to identify a state of residency with factors like these in mind.

If you would like to learn more about the ins and outs of identifying a jurisdiction when filing for a divorce if at least one spouse is a member of the U.S. armed forces, please feel free to visit the marital dissolution for military personnel page of our California family law and divorce website.

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