Perhaps you have come to the realization that your marriage to a service member is in serious trouble. There could be any number of signs that serve as indicators. Maybe he or she is distant or non-responsive to your needs when at home. Or worse, you have a strong suspicion that there is another person in his or her life. And while you may have let time go by hoping that things would improve, you have now reached the conclusion that your relationship is irreparably damaged.
If such is the case, you may be wondering what you should do in preparation for the divorce in your future. Well, there are several proactive steps that you can take. One of the most important things you can do is familiarize yourself with the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act. This Act outlines all of the things that you are entitled to as a former military spouse. It covers insurance, survivor benefits, retirement pay, and a host of other key issues.
But you also need to address your personal issues as well. To this end, you may want to talk to a counselor. Counseling can be important because you will be transitioning into a new life and will likely lose many of the connections you made within the military community. A counselor can offer advice on how to adapt to your life changes which can help you manage your stress and grief.
And finally, you could use a legal advocate who understands how to handle military divorce cases. There is no getting around the fact that a divorce can be daunting. But in the end, you will likely find yourself in a much better and happier situation than the one you are dealing with now. An experienced attorney can represent your interests and help you move to a brighter future.