Pension Division In Military Divorces
Money matters can make a divorce more complex and contentious. Our job is to find solutions so both sides can move on with their lives. Military divorces present challenges, particularly when it comes to financial issues such as dividing a pension. You need an experienced attorney who understands the unique rules and can accurately apply them to a military pension division.
That level of service is what we focus on for both military and civilian clients at the law office of Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., in Buffalo, New York.
The Requirements Involved In A Military Pension Division
The Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) administers military pay and pensions. When it comes to division of those pensions, they have different rules from those governing civilian pensions. Essentially, the marriage must have lasted for 10 years, and one spouse must have an equal amount of service in the military. If a couple does not fall within those guidelines, the DFAS will not recognize the qualified court order (QCO), the military equivalent of a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO).
The Experience You Need In A Military Divorce Action
Please know that not just any divorce attorney has experience navigating through the unique aspects of a military divorce. Simply put, we can. At the law office of Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., we recognize the difficulties and challenges of military pension division. If a divorcing spouse qualifies for half of the pension, we will move forward with the filing of a QCO.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer regarding military pension division, please contact us.