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.
In the wake of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal, in which millions of the site's users were publicly outed, there has been a lot of public discussion about infidelity: Why do people cheat on their spouses? Does "looking around" online mean that someone is going to cheat? Are human beings meant to be monogamous, or is monogamy just a social convention?
On this blog, we often focus on the common reasons people get divorced: Infidelity, reckless spending, abuse/neglect and trust issues, just to name a few. And, of course, couples may just realize over time that they are incompatible with one another. All of these reasons for divorce are valid and understandable.