Being married to a member of the military can present many challenges. It can also test an individual's commitment, fortitude and resolve. Standing by your spouse while he or she serves may be a struggle, but it can have its serious benefits and rewards as well. It is an unfortunate fact though that not all military marriages will be able to withstand the pressure of military life or of life after retiring from active duty. If you are considering filing for divorce from a spouse who is currently serving or who has previously served in the military, it is vital that you take measures to protect your interests and rights. During the course of your marriage you were probably given access to certain benefits and financial resources the military often affords to military spouses and children.
Now that you are looking at filing for divorce you may not be eligible to continue availing yourself of those same benefits and privileges. There are circumstances which may entitle you to continue to receive full benefits providing that you qualify under the 20/20/20 rule. According to the 20/20/20 rule, for you to be eligible to receive continued benefits, privileges and use of your military I.D. following your divorce you must have a) been married for no less than 20 consecutive years, b) your spouse must have served in a military capacity equal to at least nearly 30 years service that can be credited towards his or her retirement pay, and c) both your marriage and his or her service must have run concurrently for a period of 20 years.
Any failure to fulfill the requirements according to the 20/20/20 rule will result in you being unable to receive full military benefits. Before you take action and file for your divorce, take the time to understand all of your legal options and rights. You can also greatly improve your chance of success when you obtain counsel from a Board Certified Jacksonville divorce lawyer at Charles A. Willmott, P.A. For close to nearly 30 years, he and his firm have been strong advocates who have been able to successfully guide numerous clients through the divorce process so as to obtain the most optimum results. To find out how he may be able to help you, contact his firm at once.