Dayton's military families can rely on a lifetime pension once they've retired with 20 years' active duty completed. In the event of a military divorce, however, a military pension can be a complicated asset to divide between the spouses.
The professionals at Hartley Law Office, LLC, are available to help divorcing spouses with challenges like this. We'll talk with you about how the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act applies in your situation. Typically, if your divorce was filed in an Ohio court, it means that Ohio law will apply. However, since military family members often spread across the country, it will be important to look at what state the filing was made in and what laws will apply.
In addition, recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court are important to understand in a military divorce. For example, generally speaking, veterans may now be able to choose disability benefits over retirement pay. Those disability benefits are not subject to property division in the same way as a military pension.
Whether you are an active duty servicemember at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base or a civilian spouse, we can help you ensure that your rights are protected in a military divorce. Aaron Hartley, who founded Hartley Law Office, LLC, has been recognized as among the very top attorneys in Ohio for the past five years in a row. Our firm is proud to represent members of the community in military divorce, family law and related matters, offering our proven experience and knowledge during what can be a stressful and difficult time.