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Steps to take to begin a military divorce during a deployment

Life with an active duty service member can be challenging, especially during a deployment. During these stressful times, it is not uncommon for a spouse at home to be told that the service member wants a divorce. While this may feel like a devastating blow, there are steps that Colorado residents can take that will ease the process of seeking a military divorce.

One of the first steps to consider when a deployed spouse asks for a divorce is to consult with an attorney who is well versed in military divorce procedures. The initial consultation can be a valuable learning experience and help one to determine the best course forward. In addition to an attorney, most military installations provide counseling services for spouses. This can be another resource for gaining support before a divorce is sought.

While the active duty spouse is deployed, one may be able use the time to officially begin any required separation period if required by state law. This time can also be used to collect all pertinent financial information concerning the running of the household and all major expenses that will have to be met once the divorce is granted. Creating a sound budget and putting aside money for savings can also be done legally with the guidance of a knowledgeable assistant.

Though both the deployment and ensuing separation are challenging emotionally and financially, if one is engaged in careful planning, then the seeking of a military divorce may be a doorway to a new life. Having the time and ability to plan for a future beyond the dissolution can be an empowering experience once the shock of the end of the relationship has worn off. Colorado residents who find themselves in a similar situation may be best served by seeking the input of an attorney who routinely handles these types of divorces in order to emerge in the best position possible for themselves and their family. 

Source:, "6 Steps Through A Deployment Divorce", Matthew R. Hamel, Jan. 29, 2018

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