Divorce is a difficult enough issue to deal with even without complicating factors. When one of the parties to a divorce is a member of the military, issues related to the military can add new dimensions and levels of complexity to the divorce. Deployed spouses, flexible custody and visitation arrangements, and special consideration of military benefits are all issues that may need to be dealt with.
Attorney Frank Flanagan is a former Navy JAG officer who has taught, among other subjects, family law at the Navy Justice School. Attorney Flanagan was also an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Attorney Flanagan’s decades of experience in the Navy and in dealing with issues where the law and military life intersect gives our firm a unique perspective that will allow us to offer family law representation that is sensitive and skilled in dealing with the factors that military service will add to your divorce.
Military Pension and Benefits in your Rhode Island Divorce
As many service members know, a military pension is a significant benefit. A non-military spouse is entitled to the marital portion of the pension. The marital portion is that which was acquired during the marriage. A non-military spouse may be entitled to full benefits under the 20/20/20 rule. The 20/20/20 rule grants full health care, commissary rights and base privileges to a non-military spouse when:
- They are married to a service member for at least 20 years.
- The service member has served at least 20 years.
- The marriage overlapped the military service for at least 20 years.
Rhode Island Child Custody and Visitation in your Rhode Island Military Divorce
Child custody is a particular challenge in military divorces due to deployments and the possibility of being transferred. We are very experienced at creating child custody and visitation agreements that recognize the demands of military service.
For veteran counsel and skilled representation in your Rhode Island military divorce, call (401) 849-3337 or simply contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.