Family Matters

Domestic Violence: Rights and Possible Consequences Regarding the Alleged Abuser

What is domestic violence and domestic abuse?

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone: men, women, and children. The military distinguishes between "domestic abuse" and "domestic violence." In both cases, the relationship between the alleged abuser and victim must be one of "intimate partner."


"Intimate Partner" means:

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Calculating Military Retirement Pay

The Department of Defense has created a special website page to help individuals calculate how much military retirement pay will be available to them.

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The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Convention)

Learn more about how to use this treaty as military personnel.
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Military Acronym User-Guide

Military jargon involves numerous acronyms. In order to assist you, we have provided this acronym guide for your easy reference. The acronyms selected are those we found to be the most common when addressing legal issues for servicemembers, veterans and their families.

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Divorce In Military Families – How It’s Different & What You Need To Know

Read our popular Q & A to get started.

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Domestic Violence: Victims and Survivors

Learn more about what is domestic violence, domestic abuse, and where you can get help.
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Legal Needs Check-up Tool - Interactive Interview

Try our checklist to find legal information and where to get help with your legal issue.
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Sample SF-180

A sample version of form SF-180: Request Pertaining to Military Records
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Citizenship for Children Born to Servicemembers Overseas

Certain children born outside the U.S. to U.S. citizens are citizens from the moment they are born. The law on this has changed many times since the early 1900’s. The law in effect on the date of the child’s birth is the law that controls.
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The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide

This detailed 600 page Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide was originally developed by Veterans for America and is now made available free of charge by the National Veterans Legal Services Program on their website. It was published in 2009 so more recent changes will not be included.