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Understanding the impact of a divorce on military families

The sacrifices made by service members and their families are rarely known or understood by people outside of the military. Military families live their lives under rules and regulations that do not apply to civilians. The strain of living apart through an extended active deployment is something that people outside of the military cannot fully appreciate.

Special considerations for military divorces

Military couples that are getting divorced face unique challenges. After the decision to get divorced is made, the first question that usually arises is where to file the divorce papers. As military families are well aware, frequent relocations are a part of life. If you have not lived in Utah for a long time, can you still file for divorce in this state? What should you do if your spouse is on active duty?

Service members and spouses should know their rights under USFSPA

Divorce, child custody and child support proceedings in Salt Lake County involving active duty and retired military personnel frequently present issues that can be unique to service members. Federal laws, such as the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act, have been enacted to authorize courts in Utah and other states to deal with issues of military benefits and providing a means of enforcing state orders.

Jail and failure to pay child support in Utah

Although there are few people who question that parents have an obligation to support their children, there are a growing number of individuals who are concerned that putting people in jail for failing to pay child support is making the problem worse. It is believed that those who are able to pay support but refuse to will be influenced by the threat of jail, but it will only create a cycle of debt and imprisonment for those who truly cannot afford to meet their court-ordered obligations.

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