Question: I served in the U.S. Armed Forces for over 20 years. In the military I was stationed at several locations here in the U.S. and I was sent overseas to work on different assignments. I worked for the military and some intelligence agencies like the C.I.A. and the N.S.A.
I am now in need of a divorce. My wife is drinking too much and her mental illness is starting to become a big problem. I think she is abusing prescription drugs and I'm concerned about her being with our daughter who has special needs.
I was watching TV and I thought I heard someone say that if you served in the military that you got an advantage in divorce. The TV personality said that you get “extra points” for things like child support, custody and alimony. Is that true? We live in Roswell and I work for the city of Roswell.
Answer: No, just because someone has served in the military does not mean that they receive “extra points” or special consideration in a divorce situation. They do not have “special” rights, unavailable to other citizens, regarding child support, custody or alimony. The Georgia laws and case law that are utilized by a court for determining divorce issues are universally applied and being a veteran does not confer special status.
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