How Much Of My Military Retirement Does My Wife Get?

St. Louis divorce lawyerQuestion:

My military divorce question is about division of military retirement plans.

I am a retired member of the U.S. Army and have been in the military for decades, including many years before I got married.

My estranged wife says she is entitled to 50% of my military retirement. Is she entitled to the full 50% of the current value of my retirement account or just 50% of the income generated during our marriage?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Missouri divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.

In general, a spouse is only entitled to 50% of the marital portion of your retirement account. This means that any money that accrued in your account prior to your marriage or after your marriage is considered your separate property and not entitled to division at divorce.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including St. Louis Divorce Lawyer Brittany Brown, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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