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November 10, 2023

Military Divorce

First, we want to say Happy Veteran's Day and to our Military members, we are here for you! If you are in the military and are a Colorado resident thinking about divorce, consulting with an experienced military family law attorney is essential. Our Attorneys at Johnson Law Group understand that military law and divorce can be complex and challenging, especially when dividing property and benefits. If you are a Colorado resident facing a military divorce, it is crucial to hire an experienced divorce attorney to represent your interests.

Colorado Military Divorce Laws

Colorado law treats military retirement pay as marital property, meaning that it is subject to division in a divorce. The court may use the Hunt/Gallo formula to divide military retirement pay, which takes into account the length of the marriage during the service member's active-duty service. The Hunt/Gallo formula for dividing military retirement pay can be complex, and it is important to have an attorney who understands how it works.

Things To Consider in Colorado Military Divorces

  • Colorado Supreme Court Rules on Military Divorce Property Division (October 2023): The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of a military service member in a property division dispute. The court held that the service member's military retirement pay was not subject to division because it was not marital property.
  • Colorado Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Help Military Spouses (September 2023): Colorado lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide additional support to military spouses. The legislation would include measures to help military spouses find employment, access education, and receive affordable childcare.
  • Colorado Court Awards Military Spouse Half of Husband's Retirement Pay (July 2023): A Colorado court awarded a military spouse half of her husband's retirement pay in a divorce case. The court held that the military retirement pay was marital property and subject to division.
  • Colorado Military Divorce Rate on the Rise (June 2023): The military divorce rate in Colorado is on the rise. Experts attribute the increase to a number of factors, including the stress of deployments and the high cost of living in Colorado.

Also, when it comes to military retirement pay, there are several other benefits that may be at issue in a military divorce, such as:

  • Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP): The SBP allows a service member to assign a beneficiary to receive a portion of their retirement pay after their death. The court may order a service member to continue to pay SBP premiums for their ex-spouse, even if they are not awarded a portion of the retirement pay.
  • Tricare health insurance: Ex-spouses of service members may be eligible for Tricare health insurance if they meet certain requirements.
  • Base privileges: Ex-spouses of service members may be eligible for certain base privileges, such as access to the commissary and exchange.

Why Hire an Experienced Divorce Attorney for Your Military Divorce?

An experienced military divorce attorney can help guide you through the process and ensure that your interests are protected. They can help you:

  • Understand your legal rights and options
  • Gather and present evidence to the court
  • Negotiate a settlement agreement
  • Represent you in court, if necessary

Contact an Experienced Military Divorce Attorney in Colorado

Our family law team consists of several prior service members and that is why we proudly offer free consultations to service members and their spouses. Our consultations can help service members and their spouses understand their family law and estate planning legal rights and options. If you are facing a military divorce in Colorado, contact our Johnson Law Group experienced Military divorce attorneys today! They can help you protect your rights and interests throughout the divorce process. Don't wait and contact us today at 720-445-4444, our team is available and accepting new Family Law Clients today to discuss your specific situation and learn more about your legal rights and options.

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Written by Family Law Attorney Myles S. Johnson
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