Navigating The Challenges Of Military Divorce

Military service puts a lot of stress on families — especially marriages and children. Long periods of absence, regular family relocation and fears about safety during deployment are enough to strain any marriage to its breaking point. When divorce and child custody decisions become necessary, it is important to work with an attorney who understands these complexities and can guide you through to the other side.

At DeFazio Bal, our expansive family law practice involves assistance with military divorce and child custody matters. Due to the number of military bases in Virginia and the surrounding region, we have significant experience in this area and are ready to advocate your and your children's best interests.

Requirements For Getting Divorced In Virginia

Military couples are eligible to divorce in Virginia if the service member's home is registered here. If seeking a no-fault divorce (which many couples prefer), there are also separation requirements that must be met. If you have children under 18, state law requires you to have a separation period of at least one year before you can get divorced (and only six months if there are no children).

Challenges Of Child Custody And Relocation

Virginia courts must make child custody decisions in the best interests of the child. In many cases, this means keeping both parents involved in their children's lives whenever possible. But shared custody can be complicated by factors like deployment. What happens to the kids when one parent currently has custody but then gets deployed?

It is also very common for military families to relocate to different bases in different states. That is difficult enough when the whole family is intact. It is even harder when parents are divorced and perhaps sharing child custody. It may not be considered in the children's best interests to ask them to change states because one parent got deployed.

The reassuring news is that there are protocols for these difficult scenarios, and we will work with you to seek an agreement that the whole family can live with.

Guiding You Through All Aspects Of Military Divorce

Our attentive and compassionate VA lawyers are ready to guide you through all aspects of your military divorce, including:

  • Property division
  • Military pension division
  • Military health insurance and life insurance benefits
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Modification of court orders

Contact Us To Arrange An Initial Consultation

DeFazio Bal has offices in Glen Allen and Midlothian, and we serve clients throughout Central Virginia. To discuss your case with an experienced attorney, give us a call at 804-419-6551 or send us an email.