What are the distinct differences between a military divorce and a civilian divorce?

Among them are four that include 1) compliance with military rules and regulations; 2) the receipt of service of process upon an active duty spouse; 3) the domicile or residence requirements for filing; 4) the division of the military pension, which is called retired pay.

The phrase military divorce is a misnomer. The military does not grant divorces; state courts grant divorces to persons who are in the military.

However, divorces by military personnel are controlled by federal and state law as are military pensions and sometimes emergency child support. Service of process and the establishment of residency requirements follow different routes than they do in divorce in civilian life.