If you are an active-duty member of the armed forces or are married to a service member, you are probably well acquainted with moving often. In fact, your family may have changed cities and military posts multiple times during the course of you or your spouse’s career so far. In the event that you are currently considering divorce, you may have questions about where you should file your divorce suit. That is why the attorneys at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., work with our clients to identify the most appropriate state for pursuing a fair and equitable divorce.
According to military.com, many service members and military spouses have a difficult time deciding where they should file for divorce. After all, family law agreements for everything from child support to property division can depend upon the specific guidelines of the state where you file. In most civilian cases, your filing state would be the same as where you live and have established residency. Depending on how long you have lived in any one area, however, you and your family may not have had the opportunity to establish residency yet.
Fortunately for you and other military families across the country, you have several options when it comes to filing for divorce. If you or your spouse is on active duty, you will be expected to file in a state where you did live. That does not necessarily mean, though, that you must file where you are currently stationed.
Residency in most military divorce cases is determined by identifying where one or both parties have conducted most of their daily affairs. If you maintain a driver’s license, bank accounts or other business in San Antonio, it might make sense to file for divorce in Texas. Another important thing to keep in mind is that filing in a separate state could result in extra travel expenses and other related costs.
Choosing the most appropriate state to file for divorce can play a major role in the ultimate outcome of your case. Visit our web page today to learn more about military deployment and other related divorce topics.