How Much Alimony Does a Military Spouse Get?

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Getting a divorce is a major decision to make that should not be taken lightly. There are serious implications that accompany divorce, and it’s important to be prepared before diving in headfirst.

The implications are even stronger when it comes to military divorce, particularly when it comes to alimony. Here’s what you need to know about how much alimony a military spouse can receive:

Certain Types of Pay Cannot Be Split

In a military divorce, there are certain types of compensation that may not be divided between couples who get a divorce. Some of these payment types include:

  • Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation
  • Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSD)
  • Most military disability retired pay

However, a court has the power to award a portion of these types of pay for:

  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Other types of family support

A Service Member Cannot Usually Pay More Than 50% of Their Disposable Retired Pay

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) limits pension division awards to 50% of the service member’s disposable retired pay. However, the maximum can be as high as 75% if the court orders the service member to pay alimony and/or child support.

Military Pay Can Be Garnished

It’s important to keep in mind that your military wages can be garnished if you fail to meet your alimony and child support obligations. There are limitations on how much can be collected and rules related to obtaining sensitive information.

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