Family Support Policies

In some cases, such as when a separation agreement memorializes the spouses’ intent regarding financial support or when a court order directs child support or separate maintenance, a member’s legal duty to support family members is clear. However, in many other cases, such as when the servicemember is assigned to a contingency operation overseas or when one spouse moves out of the marital residence, no document memorializes the member’s duty of support.

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