Military Divorce Differs From Civilian Divorce
Military spouses have to consider many factors in a divorce that civilians do not. In addition, the stress of serving in the military or being a military spouse can sometimes feel unbearable. Although you may feel as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, I am here to share the load and help you move forward.
At JerriLynn Hadley PLLC, I work with clients in Florida and active-duty service members deployed around the world. As an experienced military divorce attorney and U.S. Navy veteran, I handle complex cases involving issues such as:
- Off-duty and active-duty pay
- Permanent change in station
- Military retirement plans and pensions
- Military health benefits and VA benefits
- Nonlocal training
Having served in the navy and gone through a divorce myself, I know firsthand what you are experiencing. You can rely on me not only for legal skill but also for empathy when you need it most.
Dividing Retirement Benefits: What To Know
One of the most daunting tasks you will face is dividing military retirement pay. Under the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA), family courts may treat a service member’s retirement pay as marital property. In Florida, courts calculate the portion of the pension that counts as marital property based on the length of service and the length of the marriage. Typically, the dependent spouse may collect up to 50% of the retirement pay.
Work With A Lawyer Who Understands Military Divorce
It is crucial to have an attorney who knows the many details of military law inside and out. You can reach out to me to discuss your situation and learn which step to take next. To schedule your free initial consultation, call my Pensacola office at 850-641-8959 or send me an email.