Dividing Military Retirement Benefits

When I represent a military member or the spouse of a military member, I am attuned to the unique circumstances that are presented in a military divorce. As in a civilian divorce, marital property needs to be identified, valued and divided. Military retirement benefits are considered valuable marital property that require the attention of an attorney who is experienced in the matter.

At the Law Office of Stephen J. Kecskes, in Virginia Beach, I provide attentive and knowledgeable guidance to military members and spouses of military members. In addition to having more than 30 years of experience as an attorney, I am also a former legal specialist with the U.S. Air Force. By choosing a divorce lawyer with a military background, you can feel confident that your lawyer understands the issues that are specific only to military families. Call me at 757-431-8665 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

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Military divorce will involve issues, including where the children will live, how much child support will be paid and received, how much spousal support will be awarded and how property will be divided, including military retirement benefits. As your attorney, I can help with all of these issues and give careful consideration to negotiating a complete and reasonable military divorce settlement.

In a military divorce, it will be decided how much of the military retirement plan the nonmilitary spouse will be awarded. I am intimately familiar with military regulations and Virginia state law as they pertain to the division of military benefits, including survivor benefit plans, medical care at military medical facilities and health care benefits.

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA) allows state courts to divide military retirement pay between the military member and the nonmilitary spouse. Additionally, nonmilitary spouses may be awarded a portion of the retirement pay directly from the government in the event of a court order or a property settlement. Payments may be made for child support, alimony or spousal support and retirement pay. There is an involved procedure to make a request for direct pay, and I can assist you with this as well as all of the other issues that can arise.

Do You Have Questions About Military Retirement Benefits?

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