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.