When it comes to any topic, people usually think of that topic in the most conventional or simple way possible. For example, take divorce. It is likely that you when you hear or read that phrase, you immediately think of a family that is going through a rough time. They may or may not have children, and they may or may not have certain issues that you imagined for them, but the basic premise is the same: two people deciding that their marriage is over.

The problem with this conventional thinking is that it leaves out little details that could have a huge impact on how that conventional example functions. Let’s go back to the topic of that “conventional” divorce. What if one or both of the spouses was in the military? How would that impact their proceedings?

Military divorces have an added layer of issues that need to be sorted out. Otherwise, they are remarkably similar to regular divorces. Still, these added issues are critical matters that any military member or spouse of a military member should be aware of. Military divorce could be a federal matter, not just a state matter. So that can affect where your divorce proceedings actually occur.

Another critical factor is whether one or both spouses is stationed overseas, will be stationed overseas soon, or is (or will be) in the U.S. Obviously depending on the scenario, it can complicate the divorce.

Last but not least, there are some very specific benefits and pensions that apply to members of the military or military families. It is important for both spouses involved in the military divorce to understand these benefits and pensions, and realize the implication they will have on the divorce.

Source: FindLaw, “Military Divorce,” Accessed April 28, 2015