I concur with my colleagues. Army regulation 608-99, paragraph 2-16 governs a soldier's family support obligation in the absence of a court order or written agreement. Essentially, the soldier is required to provide support in an amount equal to a percentage of BAH at the with dependents rate depending on the number of family members. Once there is a written agreement or court order, the agreement or court order will control. As a spouse, you are entitled to consult with an Army lawyer through the legal assistance program. I recommend you take advantage of this so that you can determine what your specific rights are and how to go about divorce proceedings. The Army is not a court and has no authority to adjudicate, mediate or arbitrate domestic relations matters. If you are physically abused, you should not hesitate to report this abuse to either the civilian (off-post) or military (on post) police. In either case, you can pursue a protective order requiring your husband to stay away from you.
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His status in the military is not the primary factor here. This is a domestic matter and will be resolved in civilian courts. However, the military will require him to support you with an amount equal to his BAH. In addition you can contact his chain of command about your property. But they will not play "divorce court." They can enforce military regulations regarding what he has to pay you, and you should obviously call the police if he gets violent, but the military will not divide up the property based on your word. They will leave that to civilian courts. Best of luck.
Your rights would be the same as any other person who wants a divorce.
You are entitled to some support money so long as he is in the military. If he doesn't cooperate then you can report that to his commander.
You can report the abuse to Army CID on post at Fort Lee. You can also get free legal assistance for general information about divorcing from the base legal assistance office at Fort Lee.
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Your rights/entitlements are as follows: 1) under AR 608-99 you are entitled to financial support unless you have a separation agreement/court order in place, 2) your may also qualify for transitional compensation (financial support to victims of crimes committed by Soldiers), 3) you are entitled to seek free legal assistance from a judge advocate on post regarding the 2 above matters. If you are not getting financial support, you may consider filing an IG complaint.
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