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Making it through a divorce when you are deployed

While a divorce can shake your life regardless of your situation, if you are currently deployed and your spouse in Michigan informs you of his or her plans to divorce you, that kind of information can be incredibly distracting and discouraging when you are far from home. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take that may help to prevent unnecessary stress and effectively keep you from losing too much. 

What are MI's custody laws for active duty military personnel?

If you have recently obtained a divorce, have children and are in the Military, you may worry about your status as a parent when you deploy. Can the other parent file a change of custody while you are away and terminate your parental rights in the process? Do the courts favor the parent who remains stateside? Prior to 9/11, there were few laws in place to protect the parental rights of active duty military personnel. However, after 9/11, as the war tore apart more families, the federal government and many state governments took measures to change that.

How the 20/20/20 rule affects military benefits of former spouses

If you are a military spouse considering a divorce in Michigan, you may have heard about the 20/20/20 rule but be unclear about how it affects your benefits and those of your children. At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., we understand the issues that may arise in these unique circumstances.

What happens to military pension in divorce?

If your spouse is a member of the military, you may wonder if you have any claim to his or her military pension in your divorce settlement in Michigan. While the law does not require that you get a portion of the pension, the law does allow for the court to divide it as an asset in a divorce, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Can divorce impact my health?

As an active member of the military you’re probably concerned about maintaining optimum health. After all, the U.S. military requires its members be physically fit as well as emotionally health in order to perform duties to the best of their ability. Divorce can have an impact on your emotions, but it can also affect your physical health in a number of ways. Prevention explains the health impact divorce can have and what you can do to mitigate these issues.

How can I stay connect when I'm deployed?

One of the toughest sacrifices you make as a military member in Michigan is being away from your family when you are deployed. This is especially difficult if you are divorced. When you were married, your spouse may have helped you to stay connected to your kids. That may not happen now. However, there are several things you can do to ensure you can stay in contact with your kids.

Military divorce: what to expect

Because divorce is different for every separating couple, each issue that arises along the way can be unique. Depending on living situations with deployment or training, those in the military may already deal with challenging parts of life, and divorce often only adds to the stress. Going through such a major life change is both mentally and physically exhausting, but the divorce itself can run as smoothly as possible when Michigan families can better understand the process itself.  

Does SBP coverage continue after you divorce?

The retirement pay that your spouse receives from the military no doubt helps you to sustain the standard of living that you enjoy in Battle Creek. Were he or she to pass away, you may be protected from that financial loss through the military's Survivor Benefit Plan. Yet what happens to that protection if you get a divorce? 

Strong emotions and the divorce process

All sorts of challenges can come up when someone works through the divorce process, from financial concerns about the distribution of property or child support to the time they lose dealing with legal issues. However, one of the most difficult aspects of divorce for some people is the strong emotional impact that splitting up with a spouse can have—and the divorce process in general. If you are struggling with strong emotions during your divorce, or worry that this will become an issue, it is pivotal to look for ways to reduce the emotional impact of divorce and move forward.

Understanding the 20/20/20 rule

As a military spouse, you have likely come to rely on the many benefits you and your family enjoy in Battle Creek due to your spouse's service. Yet such benefits do not make military marriages immune to hardships. Many have come to us here at Vandervoort, Christ & Fischer, P.C. after having seen those hardships bring an end to their marriages with concerns over whether their access to military benefits would continue. If you find yourself in the same position, then understanding what to expect following your divorce can help you in planning your post-separation life. 

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