Military Divorce: Value of Retired Pay

Military retired pay tends to be the largest asset in divorce.  Consider the following for active duty Servicemembers who retired in 2019 will pass away on their actuarial death:

The present value for an O-6 who retired with 30 years of service is $2.41 million dollars. The present value for an O-5 who retired with 28...
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Can Former Spouse Retired Pay Payments Be Stopped?

The answer to the question of whether a former spouse's retired pay payments can be stopped is, "it depends."  The Dep't. of Defense regulation governing this subject matter states the following:

"Unless the court order specifies otherwise, payments will stop upon [DFAS's] receipt of notice of the death of either party.  Payments will be...
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What Happens to Former Spouse Retired Pay When the Former Spouse Dies Before the Servicemember

After a military divorce, when a Former Spouse predeceases the Servicemember, the Former Spouse's share of disposable retired pay returns to the Servicemember.1  Former Spouse retired pay cannot be "sold, assigned, transferred, or otherwise disposed of (including by inheritance).2"

Ironically, the same cannot be said for a Former Spouse's share of a Federal...

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