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What is Disposable Retirement Pay in Military Divorce?

     A state court has the right to divide a federal military pension because the federal government passed a law allowing states to do so. That law is called "The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA). The USFSPA set specific parameters on what the state courts can actually do. The Act creates a coverture fraction to determine the spousal share to the retirement. The spousal share is limited to the disposable retirement pay. The Court is limited to awarding no more than 50% of the members disposable retired pay (gross retired pay less authorized deductions).

The consequences of a Florida DUI conviction

One thing you should know about driving intoxicated in Florida, or in any state, is you will face harsh consequences regardless if it is your first DUI or if you have a history of DUI convictions. A DUI is very serious and can lead to heavy fines, license suspension, jail, probation and higher insurance.

If you are not aware of what would be awaiting during a DUI conviction, here is what you can expect.

Communicating with a co-parent without burdening the children

Maintaining communication with a former spouse can be a challenging aspect of co-parenting after a divorce. Some parents try to lessen this burden by shifting it to others: the children. In fact, this strategy can be damaging and even more burdensome for children as they have to take on the role of mediator between parents.

Instead of putting children in this difficult position, utilize other resources to keep an open, civil dialogue with your co-parent. Children need to be involved in discussions about their lives and schedules, but they should not serve as messengers between former spouses who want to avoid communication.

What happens if I am charged a DUI with a child in the car?

There are several consequences in place if you face DUI charges regardless if it is your first conviction or not. However, these punishments become drastically worse if it is a DUI with a minor in your vehicle.

The court now sees you as both an irresponsible driver and a bad caretaker, which means there could be more than just a DUI conviction. It is vital to know what you could be dealing with if you face charges for this.

3 custody options for military parents

Following a time-sharing custody schedule is hard enough for most parents. For those in the military, the issues become that much more complicated. Being in the Navy or another arm of the U.S. military means that your living situation could change at any moment. You could be stationed at a different naval base in the U.S., perhaps across the country. You could be deployed overseas.

If you’re being sent somewhere besides Pensacola, what options do you have?

Can I be charged with a DUI on the water?

Florida is the Number One boating state in the country, so to many Floridians getting on the water is no different than jumping in the car.

Most people are aware that if you are found to be intoxicated behind the wheel of a car, you will get charged with a DUI. But what happens if you are steering a boat on the water?


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