Military couples who are seeking a divorce often have a difficult decision to make. Because the military frequently moves families to a new state after only a short period, a couple may not have established residency in their current home state. In other cases, the couple may be eligible to file in several different states because they live in one state and hold property in another.
The decision becomes even more important when there are significant differences in divorce laws between states. For example, some states only allow no-fault divorces while others permit fault-based divorces that award more to one of the spouses. Puerto Rico does not divide military pensions in a divorce, which makes this a poor choice of filing location for the non-military spouse.