Military Benefits in Divorce

There are many benefits to being in the U.S. Army, Navy Air Force or Marine Corps, including retired pay, health care and insurance, commissary and military exchange privileges, the Survivor Benefit Plan and veterans’ life insurance.

These benefits are available to both the service member and his dependents. Divorce, while the service member is on active duty or after retirement, can have a major impact on these benefits. 

Understand And Protect Your Rights

Let me explain your rights to you at William H. Sams, Attorney at Law, in Vista. 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 a military service member or their 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 760-657-2257 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 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 that involves employment benefits, be it military or another 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 760-657-2257 or contact me online for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION if you have questions about the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act or other questions. My office is in Vista, and I represent clients in California and military personnel worldwide.