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Honolulu Military Divorce Attorneys: Bringing An End To Relationships

Sometimes, relationships simply do not last. Our Honolulu military divorce lawyer at Coates Frey & Hackett, AAL LLLC, is available to any military couple on an island of Hawaii who find themselves in a marriage that is not working anymore. In keeping with our philosophy on divorcing with decency, we aim to help military clients end relationships and settle assets in a way that is civil, amicable, mutually beneficial, and preserves the friendship at the heart of the relationship.

If you are a military couple considering divorce, call our Honolulu military divorce attorney for assistance through the process: 808-379-3538.

What Is The Difference Between A Divorce And A Legal Separation?

A divorce and a legal separation are both options for couples who wish to distance themselves from each other and end their relationship. They live separately in both cases. In a legal separation, however, the two are still technically married. This could serve to benefit couples who wish to work on their relationship and/or who have religious or moral oppositions to divorce. In military relationships, legal separations allow for the continuance of military benefits and assistance.

You remain entitled to:

  • Support for you and your children provided by your spouse
  • Your military ID card
  • Full benefits you became accustomed to

Couples who are separated typically continue to receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) when living off-base as well, though the situation is dependent on whether both of you are service members or who the one serving is and who has the majority of custody of the children. Our military divorce attorneys in Honolulu and Oahu will be able to evaluate your situation and work to preserve as many benefits as possible.

How Is A Military Divorce Different?

The process of divorce is universal regardless of your profession. For military members, however, additional factors apply that may affect the

Ways in which military divorce can be different include:

  • Longer process if the military spouse is on active duty or stationed overseas
  • Implications of Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)
  • Effect on retirement payment receipt from the Defense Finance Accounting Service
  • Pension division between the couple
  • Thrift savings plan
  • Survivor Benefits Plan restructuring
  • Base privileges and Tricare eligibility
  • Complicated custody or visitation settlement if the service member is required to travel a lot
  • “Early return” of dependents rights which provide for costs of relocation to home of origin for spouses and dependents

Our military divorce lawyer in Honolulu will work with you to understand the details of your relationship and preserve the benefits you are entitled to after your divorce. As a broad rule to determine your eligibility, military divorce typically abides by the 10/10 rule or the 20/20/20 rule. They both relate to the length of marriage and the length of service, as well as the length of overlapping time of each. The rules vary based on the benefits in question. Based on the length of your marriage and service, your spouse may be eligible for some benefits and not others.

Contact Our Honolulu Military Divorce Attorney Today

Our military divorce lawyer in Hawaii can help military couples stationed on any of the Hawaiian Islands file for divorce with decency. After all, we “wrote the book” on divorce. We’re happy to announce the content is inclusive to our military community.

If you are a military couple considering divorce, contact our military divorce lawyer in Hawaii to protect your benefits.