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Divorcing a member of the military

Going through a divorce is always a tough situation to be in, regardless of the profession of you or your spouse. However, if your spouse is a member of the military, it is important that you pay attention to how this detail can make the situation slightly more complicated.

Divorcing a person in the military should not, in theory, be any different from divorcing a person in any other profession. However, there are some aspects of the divorce that you should be aware of, such as intricacies in regard to retirement pensions in the military, as well as certain child custody and child support regulations.

Will a former spouse be entitled to retirement payments?

In order for a former spouse to receive any form of retirement payment, he or she must have been married to his or her military spouse for at least 10 years. During this minimum period of 10 years of marriage, the military spouse must have served for 10 years.

If you qualify for retirement pay from your former military spouse, the percentage of the pay you will receive will depend on a number of factors. The maximum amount of retirement pay you will be set to receive, however, will be 50 percent of the total military retirement pay.

There are many other privileges that you may be entitled to as a divorcing military spouse. It is vital that you conduct adequate research so that you are not denied any of these benefits, and that you take action to fight for the benefits that you rightfully deserve.

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