In many military families, the largest marital asset is the service member’s pension. Depending on length of service, pension benefits could total over seven figures. During military divorce, the non-serving spouse is generally entitled to a portion of the military pension if the marriage lasted 10 years or longer while the service member was on active duty. In some circumstances, a pension can be awarded to the non-military spouse who has been married less than 10 years.
How the pension is divided depends on numerous factors, including duration of the marriage, length of military service, other relevant pensions and the total value of the marital estate. A non-serving spouse may also be entitled to additional military benefits and rights, including health care, base access and a military ID card.
Experienced Assistance With Division Of Military Retirement Benefits
If you are a military service member or spouse, and you are considering divorce, it is vital that you consult with an experienced military divorce lawyer. The federal and state laws governing military divorce and the division of military pensions are extremely complex. If you try to make your way through the divorce process without an attorney, you may lose valuable rights that you did not know you had.
At the law office of Laura S. Coleman, P.A., we have more than 15 years of experience representing service members and their spouses in family law and military divorce cases throughout the Florida Panhandle. Located in Milton, FL, our firm frequently serves clients stationed at Whiting Field Naval Air Station, Hurlburt Field and Pensacola Naval Air Station.
As a Milton native, attorney Laura S. Coleman understands the realities of military life and the unique set of laws and guidelines that govern military divorce. She can help you understand your rights and protect your interests when dividing military pensions and other benefits. She can also advise you on other important divorce-related matters, including time sharing (child custody) and child support.
Contact Laura S. Coleman, P.A.
To discuss your questions and concerns about military pensions and divorce, call our office to schedule a consultation with attorney Laura S. Coleman. We can be reached at (850) 626-8520. We look forward to speaking with you.
Laura S. Coleman, P.A., represents clients throughout the Florida Panhandle, in communities such as Milton, Pace, Pensacola, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Niceville, Cantonment, Whiting Field Naval Air Station, Hurlburt Field, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Santa Rosa County and Escambia County.