Protecting Retirement Benefits And Military Pensions

There are many benefits to being in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines, including retirement pension, retired pay, the Survivor Benefit Plan, military health care, a pension, commissary privileges and other benefits. These are available to service members and their families.

Often the most important asset for a family is the retirement pension. A military dependent spouse does not need to be married to the service member for 10 years to be entitled to a share of military retired pay. The federal and state law on division of military retirement is complex. The issue needs to be handled right the first time.

Understand And Protect Your Rights

Let me, Vista attorney William Sams, explain your rights to you. Many men and women are afraid to leave an unworkable marriage because they are afraid of losing essential benefits. Don't live in fear of the unknown. Whether you are the military member or a spouse, I can help you.

Having served a full military career — including the honor of sitting as a military judge — and serving my clients as a civilian lawyer, I can make the legal system work for you.

Call me at 760-659-2257 or contact me online for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION to learn more about how military retirement pay benefits and other military benefits are handled in divorce.

Spouses' Exchange, Commissary And Medical Benefit Rights After Divorce

With divorce, the benefits available to the spouse of a military service member can be lost. Great care is necessary to understand all the rights and privileges and how they are affected in each individual case. Are there alternative ways to protect the health care benefits? Is legal separation an option? I can help both the service member and the spouse understand and work their way through this potential minefield.

Military Divorce Lawyer Answering Your Questions

  • What is a 20-20-20 spouse?
  • A 20-20-15 spouse?
  • A 20-20-10 spouse?
  • How does disability affect retired pay and benefits?
  • Is there an insurance program that can help a divorced military dependent spouse continue to receive health care?
  • Who pays for it?
  • Does a former spouse have to wait until the service member retires to start receiving his or her share of military retired pay, or can the former spouse start receiving it when the service member becomes eligible for retirement?

These are just some of the questions that need to be addressed in any divorce which involves employment benefits, be it military or other federal or state government service. I can help you understand the answers to these military divorce questions.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation

Call me, San Diego military law lawyer William Sams, at 760-659-2257 or contact me online for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION if you have questions about the Service Members Civil Relief Act or other questions. My office is in Vista, and I represent clients in California and military personnel worldwide.