When you are a service member for over 20 years and retire after 20 complete years of active service, you receive a retirement pension for the remainder of your life. This pension can be a major source of income for your family at a relatively young age. When you decide that you want to separate from your spouse, this can also draw concerns.
It's the life of anyone in the military: you get orders to relocate, and you get ready for the move. But if you are divorced and either have joint custody of your children, or a time-sharing agreement where you have visitation with your children, what will the move do to your custody agreement and relationship with your children?
Divorce is rarely "easy." Even if the emotions don't overwhelm you, there are still many considerations that must be addressed, including division of assets, setting up two separate households, division of joint/marital debts and, if you are parents, establishing child custody and visitation arrangements. There could also be questions about child support or alimony (sometimes called "spousal support" or "spousal maintenance").