Military Divorce Versus Traditional Divorce

A divorce involving active military personnel is a bit more complicated than a traditional divorce involving two civilians.

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Ohio state law and other regulations bestow certain protections against litigation on active soldiers, sailors, Marines and members of the Air Force and Coast Guard (and up to one year after active duty). The act also provides stipulations regarding divorce.

Residency Requirements

Individuals filing for divorce in Ohio must meet residency requirements. Generally, they must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing the petition. The rules, however, are a bit different for individuals in the armed forces stationed outside of the state or country.

Military Retirement Benefits

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act outlines the stipulations regarding distribution of military retirement benefits upon divorce. The length of the marriage, among other factors, often determines the division rules.

These are just a couple of stipulations when it comes to a military divorce. There are many other intricate rules, procedures and laws pertaining to this area of law. Reach out to an experienced attorney knowledgeable in Ohio military divorce matters for further clarification on these and other rules.

Personalized Representation For Your Military Divorce

At Hartley Law Office, LLC, our founding attorney, Aaron Hartley, has helped many service members stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and all throughout Dayton, Ohio, resolve child custody, visitation and other issues pertaining to military divorce. He knows the laws, can explain their applicability to your situation and offer guidance on next steps.

Contact a lawyer with our firm by calling 937-684-9271. Flexible appointments are offered.