Dividing Military Pensions In Divorce
In you are in the military or married to a member of the armed forces and you have questions about retirement and other military benefits in the context of divorce, consulting with a lawyer who has experience handling military divorces is essential. Military benefits are governed by different federal laws and understanding the details is crucial.
Throughout the Florida Panhandle, people seek out Winter Spires & Associates, P.A., because of our in-depth knowledge of family law and military divorce. We are a trusted resource and your advocate when you need to ensure that benefits are divided and distributed fairly. To learn more, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Destin or Marianna offices. We also provide phone and Skype consultations if you are deployed or stationed on a base outside of Florida.
Skilled Counsel Regarding Pension Issues
Many people involved with service members are not aware of what guarantees they have to benefits or how the length of a marriage can impact what they may be entitled to. Our attorney will take the time to explain how military benefits division works, and she will clarify the levels of compensation. We strongly believe in educating our clients and helping them make informed decisions.
Military retirement benefits, their calculation and how they are divided upon divorce are governed by the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) which was enacted by the federal government. Many people often believe that if you have been married less than 10 years, you cannot recover any portion of these benefits. However, through the USFSPA, we can help you assert a claim to these benefits even if you have not been married for 10 years. We know ways to enforce receipt of these benefits, especially if your spouse is still in the military.
We have effective strategies and methods for dealing with military pension division issues, whether you have been married for fewer than 10 years or one spouse has been in the active service for more than 20 years and is now entitled to lifetime pension benefits. We are also skilled at filing the orders required for these retirements benefits, and we know how to include this asset in your property settlement, which can end up saving you both time and money.
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Contact us today to learn more during a consultation by calling 850-502-2241. We also offer phone consultations for military personnel and others located outside of the jurisdiction. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We have offices in Destin and Marianna. We also accept all major credit cards, and we work with many employers’ legal insurance programs.