When a Dayton couple is married, they expect they will live happily ever after. Many times, this is the case, but unfortunately some marriages do end in divorce. The divorce process can be complicated, especially for families with children, houses and other assets. When one of the spouses is a member of the military, the military pension can also be an issue in a military divorce.

The military pension is often one of the most valuable assets a military family has. The dividing of a military pension is often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Military pensions are treated as marital property and the courts can award any portion of the pension to the spouse. The length of time that a couple has been married does not matter in the division of the pension. Even if a couple was married less than a year, the service member’s spouse may receive part of the pension. For the Department of Defense to make direct payments to the service member’s spouse, however, the couple would have to been married for a minimum of 10 years, and 10 years of their marriage must overlap with 10 years of service that is creditable to the service member’s retirement pay.

A legal professional who is skilled in military divorce can help their client through this confusing time. An attorney understands that divorce is one of the worst times in their client’s life and will work hard to make it a bit easier on them. An attorney also understands that decisions that are made during the divorce process can affect a person for the rest of their lives. They will advise their clients on their best options both now and into the future.

Although no couple ever expects their marriage will end in divorce it does happen to many Dayton couples. When one of the spouses is a member of the military it can be important to have a skilled legal representative to make sure the divorce goes smoothly.