Military Divorce in Texas

Forty-One Percent.

That is what some researchers estimate as to the percent of divorces among first marriages. While this statistic ranges depending upon your source, the key takeaway is that not all marriages will remain intact and divorce is how you dissolve the marriage.

Marital problems are statistically more likely for people on some career paths over others. A close look at divorce rates among individuals at age 30 shows that military jobs are among 3 of the top 10 spots, according to Zippia. The military divorce rate averages between 15-30%, according to this research.

Divorce Rate, Career Path, Military Divorce, Family Law Attorney, Austin TX, Kelly J. Capps, Zippia
Graph from Zippia

Why is Divorce so Prevalent in the Military?

Some of the commonly cited reasons for divorce are stress and trauma caused by active duty, reintegrating the military spouse to “home” life, periods of long separation during deployments, and frequent home moves. There are also many cultural traditions that place a high value on marriage in the military, which can sometimes lead to a rush to the altar.

Getting a Military Divorce in Texas

Filing for a military divorce, just like a regular divorce, begins in the state where the spouse has a legal residence. The federal law that governs military pensions is the “Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act” (USFSPA). This law accomplishes two things: It recognizes the right of state courts to distribute military retired pay to a spouse or former spouse; and it provides a method of enforcing these orders through the Department of Defense.

Consult with a family law attorney if you are considering a military divorce. Areas of consideration and discussion may include:

Capps Law Firm exclusively practices in family law, so we can provide the depth of expertise your case demands. We handle military family law cases that involve:
  • Dissolutions and Divorce — Our law firm is skilled in guiding clients through the myriad of legal and personal challenges associated with ending a relationship.
  • Child Custody and Visitation — Whether the matter is ultimately resolved in a conference room or a courtroom, we are ready to advocate for our clients’ parental rights and interests every step of the way.
  • Complex Property Division — We will do everything we can to make sure that our clients end up on the strongest financial footing possible.

This article does not create an attorney-client relationship. Its purpose is to educate the public about the topic of family law. This article should not be seen as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney before you rely on this information.