Military Divorce and Active Duty Military Service Members
According to The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense more than 56% of active duty military service members are married. Regardless of the demographic, divorce is a significant fact where marriage is a consideration. In 2018, Military.com published statistics stating that the overall divorce rate among military service members fell in the range of 3 to 3.1 percent. Overall, that equaled about 21, 290 service members who divorced in 2017.
In Kitsap County our military community ranges from 13,000 to 18,000 active duty service members, plus more than a thousand reservists, an estimated 7,000-10,000 of whom are married. Each year, hundreds of our local military service members are involved in divorce matters.
Experienced Military Divorce Lawyers including a Retired JAG Attorney
At Compass Legal Services, our staff has significant ties to the military community. We are children and spouses of current or retired military service members. Additionally, Associate Attorney Eric McDonald is a Retired Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) of the United States Navy and Former JAG Corps attorney. We understand on a very personal level both the opportunities and hardships military service members and their families face. As such, we place special emphasis on providing legal support to military service members and families involved in military divorce matters.
Divorce and Retired Military Service Members and Spouses
Retired military service members receiving federal benefits including medical insurance and base access share those benefits with legally married spouses and dependent children. When retired service members divorce, many factors are considered as to how retirement benefits including military pensions may be required to be split with their spouse. The courts and the federal government consider the length of the service members military service and the length of time the service member was married to the spouse during their military service when considering the split of assets and assignment of benefits following a divorce.