Many of the Attorneys and staff of Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC are current or former military dependents. We know that when a divorce involves a service member, there are special challenges presented.
Most confusing in a military divorce is the issue of retirement benefits. Many service members do not realize that their spouse may be entitled to share in their military retirement. The inclusion of military benefits as community property is a complex matter involving State and Federal law. Additionally, the Department of Defense provides rules and regulations concerning when and how retirement, disability and survivor benefits are paid.
Benefits are not the only special issue involved in a military divorce. Also to be considered are child support, custody and visitation arrangements (especially in the case of deployment or TDY) and the invocation of rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
If you are a military service member or spouse of a service member with a Family Law issue, contact us for a consultation. We look forward to answering your questions and making you aware of your rights afforded by the law.