Military personnel in Illinois involved in a divorce should be aware of new requirements for submitting court orders regarding the division of military retirement pay to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 authorized the changes, and failure to provide the required information to the accounting office will delay the distribution of benefits.
In Illinois, if a couple divorces and one of them is a veteran, the veteran's benefits may be used toward child support or alimony even though normally VA benefits cannot be seized. This is known as "family support", and multiple states in a number of different cases have ruled that this is an appropriate exception. In child support cases, disability may be considered as income.
Illinois residents who are married to a member of the military and getting a divorce may wonder how their healthcare and other benefits will change. What happens after a divorce depends on the length of the marriage, how long a spouse has served in the military and the amount of time military service and marriage overlapped.
If you live in Illinois and are either married to a military service member or are one yourself, you may wonder about how the court will treat yours or your spouse's military pension in the asset division portion of your divorce. Under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act, the state's courts are allowed to handle military pensions as well as other retirement benefits in the property division portion of the proceedings.
An Illinois divorce that involves a military spouse is different from a civilian divorce in many ways. One factor that comes into play in a military divorce is military retired pay. If a military spouse is receiving or expecting to receive military retired pay, the non-military spouse may be entitled to receive a portion of that benefit.
Readers concerned about the divorce rate in the U.S. military will be interested to know that the rate has been trending downward for six years straight. The latest figures show that last year's divorce rate for service members dropped to 3 percent, down from 3.1 percent in 2014 and 3.7 percent in 2011.
Though it may not always live up to its promises, the federal government tries to honor the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces. In this spirit, Congress passed the most recent version of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) in 2003. Formerly known as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, the law protects active-duty servicemembers from litigation.