A military divorce is not quite the same as a civilian divorce. One of the reasons for this is that military divorces are governed by both federal and state laws.
Since people in the military tend to move around often, there are federal laws that dictate which state or location has jurisdiction over a divorce. For military personnel, jurisdiction can be where they live legally or where they’re stationed, in some cases. Jurisdiction could also be given to a different location if the spouse of the military member has lived there for a period of time.
In many cases, individuals choose to file for divorce where the military member is stationed. This makes it easier for the person in the military and the family member to connect for mediation, arbitration and other arrangements that have to take place in person. Keep in mind that the place you decide to file divorce will have its own specific laws regarding child custody, property division and grounds for divorce, so you should look carefully into different state laws before you decide on the best location to file for a divorce.
If you are considering going through a military divorce, keep in mind that you may be unable to serve your spouse if they are deployed and may have to wait until the military spouse returns and is stationed in the United States. This helps military members focus on their work instead of divorce. Your attorney can help you understand where and when you can file if you believe that a divorce is the right choice for you.