When a couple has decided that their marriage will be ending in a divorce it can be an emotional rollercoaster. For military families there are certain special rules that apply to a divorce and mediation. It is important to take the time necessary to learn about the special issues that can be involved in a military divorce.
When a spouse is a military member, both state and federal laws govern the divorce. Active duty military members cannot begin divorce proceedings until at least 60 days after their active duty has ended. Military pensions and the court the couple wind up in may be governed by federal laws. State laws would cover alimony, child support and other property division issues. Many times military members have three options for where they can file for divorce. These include the state where the spouse filing for divorce lives, the state where the military member is stationed or the state where the military member has residency.