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Managing the Divorce Process

The information contained on this website is designed to educate and inform service members and their families on their personal legal affairs. Nothing contained in the website is a substitute for the competent legal advice of a licensed attorney. Service members and their families seeking legal advice should consult the staff of the nearest installation Legal Assistance Office.

Just about any way you look at it, divorce stinks. There are emotional and confusing legal issues that need to be dealt with. But you can ease the time, costs and heartache of a divorce by understanding what you need to consider as you go through the legal process.

A good first step is to contact your legal assistance office to get a better understanding of your situation. You have access to free legal assistance whether you live in the U.S. or overseas.

How military legal assistance offices can help with a military divorce

State law and local procedures govern divorce, but there are certain federal statutes and military regulations that may apply to yours, depending on where you file. Your installation’s legal assistance office can provide the following free services:

  • Legal assistance attorneys
  • Advice on legal issues such as divorce and child custody, income taxes and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Service members and their eligible family members also have access to free legal advice through installation legal assistance offices. However, a specific legal assistance attorney can only offer guidance to the service member or the spouse, not both, to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Depending on the service branch, the other married individual can see another attorney in the same or different location. Legal assistance attorneys do not represent clients in court.

Free financial and tax filing resources during the divorce process

If you or your spouse are considering divorce, a good first step is contacting your legal assistance office to better understand your situation.

Divorce can cause financial stress, so it’s a good idea to connect with a Military OneSource financial consultant for ways to keep your finances on track. You can also talk to a Military OneSource MilTax consultant for free to see how divorce may affect your taxes. Call 800-342-9647 or start a live chat to schedule an appointment with a Military OneSource consultant. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.

The information contained on this website is designed to educate and inform service members and their families on their personal legal affairs. Nothing contained in the website is a substitute for the competent legal advice of a licensed attorney. Service members and their families seeking legal advice should consult the staff of the nearest installation Legal Assistance Office.

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