The thought of being on your own after years of marriage is frightening to many Texans, which is why some people stay in unhappy marriages. It’s not just the prospect of losing companionship that is daunting, especially since many spouses would be happy to leave someone they don’t get along with. Finances can be difficult for the newly single, especially the spouse who earns less. If your spouse is in the military, you might wonder if you are eligible to continue receiving health care and other benefits after your divorce.
When one spouse is in the military in Texas, it can cause some unique situations and problems in the marriage. Such issues are not usually something civilian couples have to deal with. This may make it difficult for others to understand what is happening with your marriage and why you even have problems. However, it helps to know others are in the same boat.
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, marriage can be challenging when one or both spouses are enrolled in the military. Even strong marriages have their rocky points, but a military marriage can be torture if you or your spouse are no longer happy. What if you are deployed when you realize you want a divorce? You and other Texans in this situation will understandably want answers.
There are some things in life you wish had never happened. The haircut you had in your senior pictures, your horrible first job – even the marriage you now feel trapped in. Like many Texas residents with less-than-ideal marriages, you might feel like your only option is to seek a divorce. However, in some cases, couples may have their marriage annulled. The rules for annulments are limited, however, so it is important to understand how this area of family law operates.
Everyone involved in a divorce, whether civilians, law enforcement or those enlisted in the armed forces, is required to honestly and fully disclose their assets and property accrued during the marriage. Texas residents who knowingly conceal assets can face serious consequences, including criminal charges.
Some Texas residents may think that the divorce rate for military couples would be higher than the divorce rate for civilian couples. This is not necessarily the case, though. Divorce rates have steadily gone down for the past several years.
If you live in Texas, are in a military marriage and suspect divorce may be in your future, you may have concerns about whether you or your soon-to-be-ex spouse will maintain access to military benefits after you divorce. At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, we have a firm understanding of the special considerations involved in military divorces, and we have helped many clients learn to navigate them and adjust to life on their own.
Being a victim of domestic violence is terrible, whether you are in a civilian or military marriage. However, there are a few unique factors to spousal abuse if your spouse is a member of the armed forces. At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, we understand the seriousness of suffering through an abusive relationship. You and other Texas residents should know how to get out of an abusive marriage before your situation becomes too severe.
While dividing the care of children can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce in Texas, the situation can become even more complex when one spouse is involved in the military. We at the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway have experience handling even the toughest military divorce cases and can guide you through this process and ensure that your rights are represented.
Getting a divorce in Texas can be difficult, but things can become even more complicated if you are in the military. While deployment and duty can cause stress, there are some specific benefits associated if you are getting a divorce from a serviceman or servicewoman. One of those is the Survivor Benefits Plan.