The marriage life when one, or both, spouses is a part of the military
has its share of challenges. Constant relocation and long periods of time
apart from each other can take a significant toll on a relationship. When
divorce appears to be the best solution to end the persistent emotional
strain, military divorce presents more complexities than your typical
When a military family agrees to a divorce in Texas, the state requires
that either one or both parties must have been a resident for at least
90 days. Since military members are often serving their duty in various
locations, even overseas, there can be some question as to where they
are a legal resident. In cases where a Servicemember is served with process
while on active duty, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act may enable military
members to be protected from default.
Another issue to consider is what will happen to each of the spouse’s
military benefits. It is likely that during separation, both spouses will
maintain their military ID cards and benefits.
The military abides by the 20/20/20 rule, meaning a non-military spouse
who is married to a Servicemember for 20 years or longer during the period
of time that the Servicemember performed at least 20 years of creditable
service for retirement pay, may qualify to keep medical benefits and exchange
privileges, at a cost. Those who do not qualify may have the option of
enrolling in the Continued Health Care Benefit Program through the U.S.
Department of Defense for up to 36 months.
Under Texas law, any benefits accrued during the marriage are subject to
division. This includes military retirement and the TSP or Thrift Savings Plan.
Visitation is more complicated than usual if one of the parents is deployed,
either overseas or to a stateside base in another state. There are options
for putting Temporary Orders in place for changing visitation or even
allowing family members of the active duty Servicemember to exercise their
visitation during deployment.
Looking for divorce or child custody counsel, do not hesitate to call us
at (888) 570-7899 today!