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After celebrating Memorial Day and honoring those who died serving in the nation's armed forces, many may be wondering how the military and the legal system interact. In some cases, like the court martial process, the military has its own separate judicial system. In other cases, like divorce, military personnel are subject to the same judicial proceedings as everyone else.
Here are the top five legal issues facing military personnel and their families:
Often a soldier's military duty is not their only job. And when soldiers get called up to active military duty, they may be concerned about getting their old jobs back when they come home. But there are some legal protections for deployed military personnel.
Deployment may be just as hard on spouses and families left behind as it is on those who serve. Marriage or divorce during deployment and child custody or visitation arrangements can be stressful and rife with legal complexities for military families.
Divorce is a sad reality for us all, and especially for military personnel. After peaking in 2011, the military divorce rate has been declining, but issues specific to military divorces remain.
This question obviously affects military personnel first and foremost, but any time the U.S. armed forces become involved in an international conflict, many citizens are wondering where the Congressional authority ends and the President's begins (and vice versa).
Just because you retire from active duty doesn't mean you stop serving, or that your military experience is completely in your past. Now that you're a veteran, you may be facing new legal challenges, so make sure you know how to meet them.
We at FindLaw support those who serve. If you have more military law or service personnel questions you can check out our Military Law section, or talk to an experienced military law attorney where you live.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.