Each branch of the armed forces considers it a duty of service members to provide child support regardless of their marital or custodial status. Federal rules do not conflict with or override state child support rules, but they require servicemembers and veterans in Indiana to pay child support for noncustodial and custodial children. If there is a court order or a written agreement between the parents in place, the servicemember must abide by its terms.
Following a divorce in Indiana, certain marital assets are usually split. However, asset division is slightly different for soon-to-be exes of military veterans, especially when disability benefits are involved. There have been recent revisions in how a service member's retirement pay is handled during a divorce, but disability benefit pay division is handled differently.
Fewer members of the military in Indiana and across the country are choosing to marry according to one study. In 2017, around 51.7 of all troops on active duty were married while 56.6 percent were married in 2011. These statistics reflect similar trends to the overall population outside the military as well. When people in the military do choose to marry, they also face the possibility of divorce. Divorce rates held steady in 2017, remaining in the 3 percent range for the fourth consecutive year.