Most regular divorce proceedings are complicated affairs, but if a military couple decides to dissolve their marriage they must consider additional state and federal laws as they go about the process. These specific laws determine how either party can go about filing for a divorce and they determine how the process will progress.
The pressure on Arkansas military service members' marriages can be tremendous. Spouses are sometimes separated for lengthy periods, making it especially hard for parents shouldering the responsibilities of two people. Families often can't establish roots in one place because of obligations to move regularly.
Laws are in place to divide property between Arkansas spouses when a marriage ends. State laws dictate whether military pensions should be split, while military family laws outline the terms under which division takes place. For instance, under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, most ex-spouses may receive no more than half of a service member's retirement.
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.
Heartaches and hard feelings attached to the end of a marriage are fairly universal. However, legal processes can differ in the way spouses obtain a divorce. Unlike civilian divorces, military divorces rely on both state and federal military family laws.
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.