Military Pension Division
In a divorce in which one or both spouses are in the military, questions about division of military retirement benefits may be at the forefront. Often, these issues become contentious, as they can have a significant impact on your current and future finances and living conditions. In a divorce or other family law issue that impacts military personnel, it’s imperative to have a lawyer on your side who is familiar with both aspects of the issues.
J. Randall Hicks has over a decade of experience assisting clients in Valdosta and the surrounding Georgia region with their military family law needs. As a former active duty Judge Advocate and currently in the reserves, Mr. Hicks has the experience, background and knowledge to assist both military personnel and civilians with military pension division in divorce.
Who Gets What In A Divorce?
As with civilian retirement benefits, military pensions can be subject to division between spouses in a dissolution of marriage. Depending on the state, military retirement pay may be treated as marital property and be divided. An experienced attorney can help you discern your rights and push for full privileges.
Many spouses are also interested in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), which will ensure that the surviving spouse continues to receive a monthly payment in the event the military member passes away, to help make up for the loss of retirement income. In a divorce, it’s important to remember that the nonmilitary spouse will not always be entitled to these benefits, and these actions can be defended.