Military Enforced Family Support Payment

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I'm in the Military and Getting Divorced from an Abusive Spouse.  Do I Have to Provide Spousal Support?

If you are in this situation and there is a documented account of the abuse, the military may not require you to pay spousal support to the abusive spouse.   However, if the abuse has never been verified by doctors, courts or military family advocacy case management teams, the military may require you to pay spousal support to the civilian spouse.  Speak with a military lawyer to discuss your rights.

I'm in the Military and Getting Divorced.   My Civilian Spouse Makes More Money than I Do.  Do I Have to Provide Spousal Support?

If the civilian spouse makes more money than the military spouse, the military spouse's commander may release the military spouse from having to pay spousal support to the civilian spouse.  However, your commander may choose not to do this for various reasons.

I'm in the Military and Getting Divorced.  My Spouse is Currently in Jail.  Do I Have to Provide Spousal Support?

If your spouse is currently in jail, your commander may release you from having to pay spousal support.  Although your commander has this authority, he or she may choose not to for various reasons.

I'm in the Military and Getting Divorced.  My Spouse and I Have Been Separated More than 18 Months.  Do I Still Have to Pay Spousal Support?

If you have been separated from your spouse for more than 18 months, and have made all the necessary financial support payments during that time, your commander may release you from having to pay continued spousal support.  Although your commander has this authority, he or she may choose not to release you from this obligation for various reasons.

Do I Need a Lawyer for my Military Family Support Issue?

Because of the special circumstances of military life, it may be wise to consult with an experienced family attorney.  Speaking with a family lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you deal with the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 04-26-2012 02:13 PM PDT

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