Military Divorce 'Ohana Is Everything

Honolulu Military Divorce Attorneys

Ending a Relationship Without Combat in Oahu and Neighboring Islands

Sometimes, relationships simply do not last. Our lawyers are available to any military couples 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 lawyers for assistance through the process: (808) 518-6376.

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 have religious or moral oppositions to divorce. Additionally, it could appeal to couples who do not wish to remain in a relationship but still hope to benefit from filing jointly on their tax documents or receiving their spouse’s health care coverage. In military relationships, legal separations allow for further preservation 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 if both of you are servicemembers or who the one serving is and who has the majority of custody of the children. Our military divorce attorneys in Honolulu 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 proceeding.

Ways in which military divorce can be different include:

  • Longer process if the military spouse is active duty or stationed overseas
  • Implications of Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)
  • Effect on retirement payment receipt from the Defense Finance and 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 lawyers 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 specific benefits in question. Based on the length of your marriage and service, your spouse may be eligible to some benefits and not others.

Our attorneys can help military couples stationed on any of the Hawaiian Islands file for divorce. 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 lawyers to protect your benefits.

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Why Choose Our Team
  • Family Minded, Solutions Focused

    We are here to help you come to an amicable resolution as efficiently as possible. Our collaborative approach provides results in a timely manner.

  • Helping Clients On All Islands

    Each of our attorneys devotes a significant amount of time on different Hawaiian islands. Whether you're on the Big Island or Kauai, you have us on your side.

  • Highly Experienced Team in Family Law

    From our newest paralegal to our most experienced attorneys, you'll have someone who understands the ins and outs of family law in every circuit and every family law courtroom in our Island State.

  • Wrote the Book About Divorce in Hawaii

    Our team holds the principles of Divorce With Decency close. This book is referenced by legal professionals in our Island State.

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