Through the many years of working with military couples here at The Law Offices of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we’ve noticed how difficult deployments can be for couples. If you and/or your spouse have made the decision to divorce while he or she is deployed, there are certain things that you need to do to initiate proceedings. Some may be easier to do given the distance between you, while others will be more difficult.
While neither you nor your spouse may have gone into his or her deployment considering divorce, a lot can change while he or she is away. Information shared by DoSomething.org shows that almost 20 percent of servicemen and women report suffering from things such as anxiety, stress, and depression during deployment. If these issues lead the two of you to decide to divorce, there are a number of processes you should begin. These include:
- Speaking with an attorney about initiating your separation period: If your state requires that you and your spouse be separated for a period of time before divorcing, see if that period can begin while he or she is still away on active duty.
- Prepare your finances: You’ll want to know what sort if assets you’ll need after your divorce. Start creating an inventory of personal and financial assets. Include your spouse in this as much as you can so as to avoid being accused of hiding money away.
- Start to move on: The distance between you and your spouse may serve you well as you try to become accustomed to being single again. Consider speaking with a counselor to help you deal with what you’re feeling. Such services may be covered by the military while you’re still married.
More information on preparing for a military divorce can be found on our site.