Being part of a large military community, the attorneys at Reed Law understand that military families face different issues and challenges in a divorce, as they routinely represent military clients in military divorce cases. If you are a military member or the spouse of a military member contemplating divorce, there are some important issues and deadlines that you need to know about:
BAH And BAS Income
One common misconception is that Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Basic Assistance for Subsistence (BAS) income that the military member receives cannot be considered by the court in calculating child support. This is incorrect. BAH and BAS, along with many other special pays received by military members, are included in the military members’ income for child support calculation purposes. However, since child support is calculated based on each of the parents’ net incomes, and BAH and BAS are non-taxable, the military member’s child support obligation would be greater than a nonmilitary member with the same gross income.
Tricare provides health services to military members and their families around the world. Generally, in cases that do not involve a military member, insurance benefits for the other spouse terminate upon divorce. Fortunately for spouses of military members, Tricare is different. Under certain circumstances, health benefits can continue after divorce for the former spouse.
Retirement And Survivor Annuity Benefits
Military members and spouses of military members going through a divorce also need an attorney who is familiar with the unique issues involved with the division of military retirement benefits and survivor annuity benefits. Failure to address these issues properly can result in serious financial hardship to either spouse.
Reach Out To Us Today
At Reed Law, we are committed to providing you with personalized and experienced legal service. If you need an experienced military divorce lawyer, then contact us today. Reed Law provides legal services to clients in Bay, Gulf, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Walton, Okaloosa, and Holmes counties. Call us at 850-250-4260 or contact us online.