Military life can be stressful on couples and families. Long deployments, constant moves to new locations, and living far away from relatives and friends can take its toll. During a long absence, the spouse who stays at home can feel unsupported and become depressed. Sometimes these issues resolve when the military member returns home, but other times the bond between the spouses is lost or irreparably damaged. Of course, the situation can become more complicated when there are children involved. If a member of the military returns home to San Antonio and cannot make a marriage work, the parties may benefit from a military divorce.
An airman based in Texas found himself in a difficult situation upon his return from active duty. His wife, who claimed that her husband’s deployment caused her to suffer stress, may not have been able to properly care for their three daughters. The woman was charged with a crime and remains in police custody after the couple’s 22-month-old daughter died from possible malnourishment. The man and woman have since divorced, and the airman was awarded custody of their two older daughters.
When members of the military are faced with divorce issues, it can be challenging to perform important job duties while dealing with problems at home. In such a case, it may be helpful to make an appointment with an attorney who specializes in military divorce. An experienced attorney can advise clients regarding financial issues, property division, child custody and other matters that may be worrisome. By obtaining all of the necessary information and embarking on a plan going forward, a member of the military can successfully negotiate the challenges of a divorce.
Source: KHOU, “Judge keeps trial over toddler’s death in Abilene,” Aug. 27, 2013