Military marriages are not the same as civilian marriages – military spouses spend months or even years apart, and may have different priorities than other married couples. Military divorces also have significant differences compared to civilian divorces, especially if the spouse is away on active duty at the time of the filing. If you’re part of a military couple considering divorce in California, you may run into several issues including where to file. In a typical marriage, a spouse will file for divorce in the county in which they live. A military spouse must file for divorce where the service member is stationed, or in the state where he or she is a resident. There are many specific circumstances which must be taken into consideration when seeking a military divorce.