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Reaching the best resolution in your military divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Firm News

Military families often experience things that civilian families don’t. The military can cause families to move from state to state and even cause the military spouse to spend an extended period due to a deployment. And when a divorce occurs, a military couple will experience a different process than a civilian couple.

Specific federal laws are applicable to a military divorce, making it important to understand when and if these laws are applicable to your divorce. If you are going through a military divorce, you may encounter legal issues related to your spouse’s military service. As such, it is imperative to explore your options, understand your rights and determine what you are entitled to.

Military divorce

At Shawn P. Hammond and Associates, our law firm understands the complexities a military divorce can bring to the table as well as the specific laws that may be applicable to your divorce. Our attorneys work diligently, ensuring our clients rights and protections under military law are considered throughout the divorce process. Our goal is to deliver the most favorable resolution for our clients.

Resolving disputes and legal issues

A military divorce could bring about a variety of issues and disputes. When a spouse is still on active duty, there may be challenges when it comes to serving them with divorce papers or even progress through the divorce process if they are deployed overseas.

Additionally, issues concerning property distribution and child custody could be further complicated due to a spouse’s military service. As such, it is important to consider how best to resolve these matters in consideration with military laws and the current situation.

Some spouses may not be fully aware of what they are entitled to when it comes to military benefits follow a divorce. As such, it is important to consider if specific military laws help establish your rights and benefits. For example, the 20/20/20 test may be pertinent to your matter.

This affords a spouse full benefits when it comes to health care, commissary and PX if it is established that they were married for at least 20 years, the military member served at least 20 years and the period of marriage and service overlap by at least 20 years.

While a military divorce contains divorce issues similar to civilian divorces, such as property division and child support, there are divorce issues specific to only military divorces. Thus, it is important that you understand how best to move forward with your military divorce, ensuring your rights and interests are protected.


From offices in Augusta-Richmond County we serve clients in neighboring communities including Grovetown, Thomson, Waynesboro, Harlem, Lincolnton, and Wrens. Beyond Augusta we handle cases in Columbia County, Burke County, McDuffie County, Lincoln County and Wilkes County. We also proud to represent military families and veterans from Fort Gordon, Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Stewart, Fort Benning, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem.