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Military divorce process includes multiple complex elements

A family in the military often features one spouse from one state, one spouse from another, a marriage that took place in a different state and a posting in yet another state. However, this is only one reason why a military divorce can be quite complex. A couple of tips may help people to complete the military divorce process in an as efficient a manner as possible.

A huge first step in this type of family law proceeding is figuring out which country or state actually has jurisdiction over your divorce. In Texas, filing for divorce requires a person to establish his or her residence by residing in the state or being stationed there for a total of six months. It is also necessary for the individual to have been posted in or lived in the county in which the divorce filing is to take place for a minimum of 90 days before filing.

Serving a divorce petition is another area of complication in a military divorce case. For instance, one person might be domiciled in the state of Texas when filing for divorce. However, the person's spouse might reside in a different state and may be in what is called a Permanent Change of Station process, headed to another country. Further complications arise when the spouse is actually going to be deployed again from a base in a foreign country.

An attorney in Texas can pinpoint service and jurisdiction issues and then determine how a divorce petition must be filed, as well as served. Dealing with the process of service and establishing jurisdiction, however, are only two important matters to address during a military divorce. Appropriate legal guidance may help people to effectively tackle these issues while protecting their best interests during all stages of their divorce proceedings.

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