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Your military service could affect your custody arrangements

When a marriage fails to thrive, divorce is sometimes the best option. Dissolving your marriage will be a rough process. It is generally not an easy thing for anyone to deal with, especially if children are in the picture. If you are a military service member, as numerous California residents are, you may find that your job only adds to the stress of an already difficult situation, especially as it can affect final custody arrangements.

Divorce in the military: Where do I start?

Calling it quits with a spouse can be a difficult process even in the most amicable of situations, but a divorce proceeding often presents unique challenges for members of the military. Cases involving divorce in the military can be complex in the state of California since they involve both federal law as well as state law. A few tips may help you to navigate this type of family law proceeding.


Located in a military town such as Oceanside California, we see many military divorces. In some of those dissolutions, the issue of a service member's military retirement and the division of a service member's retirement is an issue in the divorce. Over the years, there have been a lot of confusion and questions from many service members and their spouses from both Camp Pendleton and San Diego who have inquired as to what will happen with the division of a military retirement. It is important to understand that if the appropriate information is not included in the parties' judgment of dissolution of marriage they might have difficulty obtaining the cooperation of DFAS in dividing the military retirement, or having the court approve a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) that may be required to divide the retirement plan. It is also important to consider the issue of whether the dependent spouse rates direct payment of the retirement, and if not, how the family court in Vista will rule on this issue.

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