Virginia Divorce and Military Housing

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

If you are living in military housing and are considering divorcing your spouse, there are some important facts to take into consideration.

Service member’s spouses have the right to reside in on-base housing as long as their serviceperson spouse lives there with them. These rights are honored when the spouse who is the service member is away from home on military business, but in the case of divorce or separation, the picture changes.

Once the divorce is final, the non-military member generally needs to leave military housing within 30 days and find alternate living arrangements
. This can understandably cause stress for the spouse who needs to move.

If you are a Virginia woman married to a military serviceman and are considering a divorce, it is in your best interests to plan and be prepared for the life changes that will occur once your marriage is over.

Before and during your divorce proceedings, it would benefit you to take steps toward your new independent life, which means taking ample time to locate and prepare housing alternatives before you are forced to relocate.

In cases of domestic violence, harassment, or other forms of disruptive strife during a marriage, the service member spouse is usually moved out of the family home and into the military barracks. The abusive spouse does not have the authority to evict his family from the military housing, or revoke any of their other rights or benefits.

If you are facing a divorce from a member of the military, you should seek the counsel of a Virginia divorce attorney who understands the specific issues and considerations that present themselves in military divorces.

Visit our library for more information about military benefit distribution after a military divorce.

Throughout your divorce proceedings, you’ll naturally have a lot of questions specific to your circumstances. Get your questions answered by requesting a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.

The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and ensuring that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life.