In 1982, the federal government passed a law designed to define and ensure the rights of non-service member spouses who were going through a military divorce. Commonly known as the USFSPA, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act sought to clarify many of the ambiguities present in earlier laws.
The stipulations of the USFSPA can be difficult to understand, and many non-service member spouses are not aware of the protections it provides. At Lasiter & Jackson, we represent service member and non-service member spouses in the Phoenix area in all aspects of divorce. We understand the unique rules and regulations that govern military divorce, and we have the experience to protect your interests.
One of the most important things that the USFSPA did was to give state courts the ability to handle military pensions and other types of retirement pay as part of the marital estate for purposes of property division. Arizona courts are authorized to award the non-service member spouse up to half of the service member’s retirement pay.
Under the USFSPA, however, the court is not required to divide the service member’s retirement pay. When you hire our law firm, we will present the most compelling possible argument in an effort to secure the best possible settlement in your case.
If you are considering a divorce and either you or your spouse is in the military, our attorneys are prepared to fight for your interests. Our experience on both sides of these cases allows us to provide the thorough representation you need to be successful.
Contact our office today to discuss your USFSPA questions with one of our military divorce attorneys.