Don’t military spouses have a special requirement to support their families?
Yes. Because of the possibility for separation, both because of marital difficulties or also because of geographical separations due to deployment or assignments, the armed services have a special concern that family members continue to receive adequate financial support. If there is a court order for child support or spousal support, a servicemember’s obligation to support his or her family is likely clearly spelled out there. If no order is in place, each branch has implemented policies to ensure that geographically separated family members receive financial support from servicemember-spouses. These policies will usually only apply if a court order or written agreement does not already exist.