When a Texas couple with one or both members in the military divorces, special laws come into effect which are intended to safeguard both the custodial and non-custodial parent as well as any children from the marriage. The Pentagon says 50 percent of active-duty military and 70 percent of National Guard personnel are parents, making child support and issues of visitation and custody especially urgent. In addition, international law also bolsters state law and military regulations on these matters.
Military couples in Texas who are separating and considering a divorce need to keep certain things in mind since divorces involving members of the military are somewhat different than those of civilians due to their lifestyle. From custody of the children to spousal support to retirement benefits and life insurance policies, military divorces are unique and can become confusing.
In most cases a military divorce in Texas is not much different than a divorce between two civilians. Most differences arise from the state residency status of a service member on active duty or the state residency status of their spouse. Divorcing military couples can sometimes choose from more than one state in which to file for divorce. In some cases, different means of determining the length of a marriage can affect how division of assets are administered.