Military Divorce in Georgia
What is a Georgia Military Divorce?
A military divorce in Georgia is only a little different from a civilian divorce. Generally speaking, a divorce in which at least one spouse is an active member of the military, reserve or guard, or is a retired service member, is referred to as a “military divorce” because it describes the actual, practical situation. In general though, the same laws that apply to a civilian divorce in Georgia also apply to a military divorce. But, there are a few exceptions. Also, there are some special issues that must be considered in a military divorce that simply do not apply in a civilian divorce.
We routinely handle military uncontested divorces along with “regular” uncontested divorces in Georgia. However, we recognize the unique and additional issues that our clients are facing as military service members (or as spouses of military service members).
Mr. Jones himself served on active duty in the United States military for eight years. He has represented clients in Georgia divorce cases (both military and civilian) for over twenty years. So, he is extremely well-qualified to advise and represent clients needing Georgia divorce services .
Some Special Considerations:
When facing a divorce in Georgia, the same federal and state laws governing civilian couples govern military couples. However, there are several unique rules and complicated issues that apply to military divorces, such as:
Residency, venue and filing requirements;
Compliance with military rules and regulations;
Division of military pension (including the Blended Retirement System) and other benefits (including SBP and TriCare);
Supporting the spouse and children of the active duty service member after separation but before divorce;
Custody and Parenting of minor children of military couples;
The grounds for a military divorce in Georgia are the very same as in a civilian divorce. For an uncontested military (or civilian divorce) we use Georgia’s no-fault grounds for the divorce unless the parties agree to add additional grounds.
These considerations are subtle but important. We consider them all when advising and representing clients in uncontested military divorce matters. If you have questions about a divorce in Georgia, please submit our Client Inquiry Form.
Federal Laws Pertaining to Divorce:
Here are links to some of the Federal laws governing military divorce:
The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA)