Where do you go? What do you do? What about the quarter? Is there anyone to help me?
When a relationship in the Services breaks down there may be other issues to be addressed. A marriage breakdown in the Service, especially when occupying a quarter, is viewed differently than when in civvy street.
If the Serving person leaves the quarter and goes into single service accommodation (for example), there is a 'cooling off' period. Once this period has ended, the Service will push for a decision from the Serving person to either return to the quarter or change their Personal Status Category (PStat Cat) from 'married' to 'separated'.
Once the Personal Status Category is changed, and this could be done by the Service person at any time, then it is the trigger for the 'notice to vacate' to be issued on the person remaining in the quarter, (Service or non-Service) and the marriage or civil partnership is viewed by the Service to be over, with all the other implications this has.
There is a useful guide to help Service families during marriage or civil partnership breakdown published July 09.
It is completely Service focused and talks about the considerations when ending a legal relationship in the Services. The guide gives emphasis to the non-serving partner but the subjects addressed are likely to be of interest to both parties.
There are sections on Service Families Accommodation and the periods of notice to vacate; where to go for alternative accommodation and financial support; helping children cope; education; legal matters; money and sources of support.
To view the booklet A Guide to help Service families during relationship breakdown
The booklet should be available through the HIVE
It may also be useful to view the other sections on the website: