Introduction to Divorce of Military Members


Re-Broadcast on August 15, 2017

Are you representing a service-member or a spouse of a service-member? Do you have questions on documents that you need, language that is used by your client, how to divide a military pension, what questions you should ask your client and what questions you should ask the opposing party? If so, this CLE is for you. It will assist you in learning the basic information you will need to properly represent your client in a divorce involving a member of the military.

Key topics to be discussed:

  •  What documents do you need and what do they mean?
  • Impact of the Service-members Civil Relief Act and UIFSA
  • Service Regulations That Address Family Support
  • How to Enforce Support Orders and Garnishments
  • What Happens When the Service-member is Deployed?
  • Military Pension Division
  • Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)
  • What is a 20/20/20 and a 20/20/15 Spouse and Why Is It Important?

Date / Time: August 15, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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joe-DeWoskinJoseph (Joe) A. DeWoskin is a solo practitioner in Kansas City, Kansas. He practices in the area of family law, military law, landlord/tenant, Social Security Disability, Uniform Services and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and general litigation. He is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri, U.S. Federal District Court of Kansas, United States Army Criminal Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He has over 25 years of legal experience, including nearly 9 years of service on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corps. Mr. DeWoskin has been retained on multiple occasions to testify and assist as an expert on legal matters relating to military divorce, including cases involving the division of military retirement, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and rights under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act. Mr. DeWoskin has taught CLEs nationwide on issues including military specific family law issues related to divorce, child support, child custody, and the division of the military retirement, as well as, the SCRA and USERRA. He received his B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College and his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

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Section I. What documents do you need and what do they mean?
a) Leave and Earning Statements (LES)
b) Pay Charts
c) DD Form 214
d) Retiree Account Statement
e) Statement of Retirement Points

Section II. Impact of the Service-members Civil Relief Act and UIFSA

Section III. Service Regulations That Address Family Support

Section IV. How to Enforce Support Orders and Garnishments

Section V. What Happens When the Service-member is Deployed?
a) What is a Family Care Plan?
b) How Does a Deployment Impact Custody and Parenting Time?

Section VI. Military Pension Division
a) National Defense Authorization Act of 2017
b) How to Divide the Pension
        i. What language to use
        ii. What is indemnification?
        iii. What is CRDP And CRSC?
        iv. What is Military Disability Retired Pay (TDRL, PDRL)
        v. How is an Active Duty and Reserve/National Guard Retirement Division Order Different
c) What is the “10/10” Rule and What Does It Really Mean?

Section VII. Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)
a) What Is It, What Does It Cost, and is it Worth It?
b) Wording of the Clause for SBP
c) What Forms Should Be Used

Section VIII. What is a 20/20/20 and a 20/20/15 Spouse and Why Is It Important?