Legal issues surrounding children can be thorny for any Little Rock couple in the process of separation or divorce. At least with many civilians, parents remain in the same city or state after a break-up. Military parents have duties to travel and relocate that can cause problems with child custody and support.
The end of a marriage can be an extremely stressful time for Pulaski County couples. Incorporating military regulations into the divorce process can complicate matters even further, especially in the midst of servicemembers' transfers and deployments. Similar issues of child custody, support matters and asset division affect all divorcing Arkansas couples, although a military divorce follows special rules.
It's probably an understatement to say life can be complex for military spouses. Personnel at Little Rock Air Force Base have the same marital problems as civilians, although dealing with them can be a lot harder, particularly when a marriage doesn't work out. The legal issues are the same – divorce, child custody, support and property division – but solutions to disputes often aren't easy ones.
Arkansas military spouses have uncommon pressures. Families may move repeatedly or be separated for lengthy periods during a service member's deployment. Spouses called to action can be forced to miss events, like the birth of a child, while non-service member spouses carry the added stress of worrying about a loved one's safety during active duty.
A long-distance dating relationship may not be ideal, but the arrangement works for some couples. No one wants an extended separation from a partner after marriage, but that's nothing new for Pulaski County military families. What has changed is who remains in the U.S. after a spouse's deployment overseas.