Military Divorce: How Can I Keep My Dignity?

by | Feb 20, 2024

Divorce is always a challenging journey. For those in the military or married to someone in the military, divorce comes with its own set of unique considerations. Here are some tips to help military families navigate the divorce process with respect, open communication, and a sense of control.

  1. Choose the Right Divorce Process

The first pivotal decision in a divorce is the divorce process itself. Choosing the right divorce process sets the tone for a respectful experience. A traditionally litigated divorce will mean less communication and less control over the process. Mediation or Collaborative Divorce offers more control, more open communications, and ultimately a dignified resolution.

  1. Collaborative Divorce Team: A Key Option in a Dignified Divorce

In a Collaborative Divorce, you and your spouse have a divorce team that plays a major role in fostering communication and understanding as you work toward a resolution. One of the team members is a divorce financial professional, who helps you understand your finances and explore the best options for how to divide your assets and debts. This direct interaction ensures a more informed and empowered decision-making process.

  1. Military-Specific Considerations

Military divorces will involve challenges that are unique to those in the military.  Security clearances, deployments, and the unpredictability of assignments need special consideration in a divorce. The Collaborative Divorce process allows for creative solutions customized towards the military lifestyle. Addressing these challenges can lead to more tailored divorce settlement and a better post-divorce life.

  1. Flexibility for Changing Circumstances

Life is dynamic, and so are the circumstances surrounding military families. Collaborative Divorce encourages you and your spouse to anticipate future changes and plan for them. The flexibility to revisit agreements in the collaborative process makes adapting to new assignments, duty stations, or changes in family dynamics more efficient than having to return to court.

  1. Privacy and Control

In a divorce maintaining privacy is important, especially for military personnel in leadership roles. Collaborative Divorce ensures that sensitive information remains confidential. The Collaborative Divorce team offers a secure space to resolve matters without public exposure. The ability to control the flow of information adds an extra layer of privacy for military officers needing to manage their public image.

Divorcing while maintaining your dignity is attainable by addressing military-specific challenges, embracing flexibility, and prioritizing privacy and control. By making informed choices early in the process, you can navigate divorce with respect and pave the way for a more harmonious future, both for you, your spouse, and your family.

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