Navigating Military Divorce

If you or your spouse is a member of the military, you will typically face many unique challenges should you ever decide to divorce. Indeed, there are many issues you may encounter that civilian couples will simply never need to worry about.

In such circumstances, it is critical to consult with an attorney who understands the complexities of military divorce. At Dowden & Smith, LLC, our military divorce lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of military-related family law disputes.

Regardless of whether you need to complete a divorce quickly because you are about to deploy or, alternatively, need to finalize a divorce while deployed, we can help. In fact, we have assisted several service members obtain divorces even though they were deployed in Afghanistan at the time.

When your future is on the line, do not risk your case with a less experienced law firm.

What Happens To BAH During Divorce?

One important issue that typically arises during a military divorce is the allocation of the service member's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) as spousal support. For instance, if the non-military spouse lives in off-base housing, the military spouse will typically be required by his or her unit to pay his or her soon-to-be ex-spouse an amount of spousal support based on his or her BAH until the divorce is finalized or an order to the contrary is issued ― such as a superseding support order through a civilian court.

In some cases, the non-military spouse may even attempt to prolong the divorce and prevent it from being finalized in order to keep getting the BAH spousal support payments, which can make military divorces even more complex.

Child Custody And A Louisiana Military Divorce

Another hotly contested issue that often surfaces during military divorces is child custody. Fortunately, however, you will not be at a disadvantage during these proceedings if you are deployed, particularly since Louisiana law expressly states that a final order modifying child custody cannot be issued until 90 days after your deployment has ended. In addition, a deployment ― or merely the potential for a future deployment ― is not sufficient by itself to warrant a permanent modification of custody.

Experienced And Committed Legal Guidance

If you have questions regarding military divorce in Louisiana, contact the dedicated attorneys at Dowden & Smith, LLC, for help today. No matter how complex or ugly your case may be, we can provide assistance. While our office is located in Leesville, we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas, including those in Fort Polk. Reach out to us online or call us at 337-404-6605 for a FREE consultation.