Anyone who goes through a divorce will be faced with many challenges. The divorce process can be emotionally taxing as well as complicated. And if you are divorcing a military spouse, your challenges can be especially daunting. For one thing, you have spent the better part of your marriage supporting your spouse’s efforts while certain aspects of your life have been set aside. And this could include sacrificing your career aspirations by following your spouse to his or her various locations of duty.
There may have been a time when you were happy to forfeit your opportunities for the good of your marriage. But now years have passed, the marriage is ending, and you find you lack the work experience required to get a good job.
Unfortunately, this a situation that many military spouses find themselves in after a divorce. In fact, according to a report released by an institute that deals with issues affecting military families and veterans, the unemployment rate for military spouses who are 18 to 24 years of age is three times that of their civilian counterparts.
So now, with a divorce pending, you realize that you will likely be playing catch up in the job market. You may need to go back to school to get further education or training. Or you may have to take an entry-level position, even if your educational level should qualify you for something better.
Because the transition from a military spouse to single civilian can present employment challenges, you will likely need the full measure of benefits to which you are entitled. Therefore, before you sign any agreements, it is a very good idea to seek the legal advice of a Texas military divorce attorney. The attorney could act as your advocate and work in an effort to get you a fair settlement.