Relationship Challenges and Divorce - The Essentials

Whether you’re trying to keep your relationship together through a trying time, or you’ve decided that ending your marriage is the best path forward, the road ahead may seem uncertain. As you move forward, remember that your decisions now may have a lasting effect on you and your family.

Check out essential guidance during such times:

Access to free, confidential counseling is available.

Help communicating with your partner may make all the difference in your relationship. You can access free, confidential, non-medical counseling services – for you or you and your partner together – through Military OneSource or via the Military and Family Life Counseling Program.

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Don’t ignore your physical and emotional health during difficult times.

Keeping up with a fitness routine and talking to a counselor during difficult times can help reduce stress for you, your partner and your children. Military OneSource non-medical counselors are available online, on the phone and in person, and child and youth behavioral health support services are available at your installation.

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Take benefits, finances and child custody into account.

Military benefits including health benefits, moving costs, housing and more, will be affected by divorce. In addition, your finances and custody of your children will all have to be settled as your marriage ends. The military has legal and financial consultants to help navigate the process.

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Abide by state, local and military procedures throughout your divorce.

State law and local procedures largely govern divorce, but there are a few federal statutes and military regulations that may apply. You can access free military legal assistance to make sure you are abiding by the laws and rules.

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