Divorce and the Military
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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With increasing frequency, more service members deployed to combat zones are encountering ambushes on their flanks and rear by their closest allies their spouses. Imagine the plight of a member of the United States military serving abroad in a combat zone while deployed, his spouse leaves him, files for divorce, moves his children, and sells his possessions. During his deployment, he is frozen in a state of legal stasis, unable to defend himself. The convergence of no-fault divorce, imputed valuation of child support and adjustments, deployments, and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act USFSPA has created a lucrative opportunity for civilian spouses. Existing laws and increased deployments are creating epidemic divorce rates and disparate impacts among the military. Immediate reform of existing divorce laws is required to reduce the inequality existent in military divorces today. Clearly the United States military needs to address these issues to ensure that military personnel can serve their country without distraction.
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations