How does a military divorce work?

Military divorces are different than civilian marriages. A military spouse must file for divorce in the area where the service member is stationed or in the state where he/she is a resident.

If you file for divorce when your spouse is deployed, they need to be given ample time to respond to the summons. Typically, a marriage can be dissolved through “default” termination if the person who has been served doesn’t respond in 6 months. To protect military members who are served papers while deployed, the default divorce proceeding is postponed while they’re on active duty and for up to 60 days after.