The nation’s armed forces sacrifice a great deal for the freedoms of the civilians who live here. It is well known that military families often endure significant hardship that can lead to divorce. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges wanted to offer military families a resource for dealing with difficult family-related issues. The council launched a website with the hope that families in Texas and all over the country will be better able to navigate a military divorce and other family struggles common to those in the armed forces.
The NCJFCJ created a project called the National Resource Center on Military-connected Families and the Courts with the intention of helping court officers who assist military families with both juvenile and family court cases. Certain legal matters involve both civilian and military court systems, and the project will help these two worlds collaborate in the best interest of families. The website will give easier access to vital information and needed resources.
Numerous overseas deployments have been shown to be very stressful on military families, and the NCJFCJ wants to help stabilize them as much as possible. One representative for the NCJFCJ said that members of the military and their families are often affected by depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues. They go through periods of extended separation, deal with chronic pain and sometimes traumatic brain injuries, which can all take a toll on a marriage and the family unit as a whole.
Even with these helpful initiatives, some families in Texas will still experience a military divorce. It is nothing to be ashamed of as divorce can happen to anyone, in or out of the armed forces. When any family law issue arises for a military family, it is wise to seek the advice of legal counsel who understand the specific issues that a service member will experience.