Author: David Kowalski

Military Retired Pay: Reserve vs. Active Duty

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In order to properly calculate a servicemember’s military retired pay in a Wisconsin divorce, you must be aware of the difference in reserve vs. active duty retirement. Military regulations require that retired pay for servicemembers retired from active…

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Military disability pay in Wisconsin divorce

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Receipt of disability benefits by a military servicemember can have a significant effect on the ex-spouse in a Wisconsin divorce. When a servicemember retires with a disability rating, his/her military retired pay may be affected. If the disability…

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Military income available for child support

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Military servicemembers receive various forms of pay.  A parent working with his/her divorce or child custody lawyer must be aware of the meaning and availability of those forms of pay. Basic pay:   this is the servicemember’s pay,…

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Survivior Benefit Plan deadlines for military retired pay in Wisconsin divorce

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A spouse of a military member at divorce must be aware of his/her rights regarding the division of military retired pay.  The actual division of the pay is addressed in separate posts.  However, once the spouse’s portion of…

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How is military retired pay calculated in a Wisconsin divorce?

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When a servicemember is divorced, his/her military retired pay is often divided with the ex-spouse.   Whether you are the servicemember or the spouse, it is vital to ensure that the calculation is done properly.   A Court…

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What is a COAP in a Wisconsin military divorce?

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A COAP is shorthand for Court Order Acceptable for Processing.  This document is an order, separate from a Wisconsin divorce judgment, that the military requires to divide military retired pay between ex-spouses.  When a military member is divorced,…

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Wisconsin child custody rules for military servicemembers

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Military servicemembers should be aware of a few rules related to child custody issues in Wisconsin. First, the Uniformed Soldier’s and Sailor’s Civil Relief Act provides some protections for active duty servicemembers facing a divorce filing in Wisconsin. …

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Health insurance in Wisconsin military divorce

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After divorce, many spouses of military servicemembers worry that he/she will lose health insurance (known as Tricare).    Whether a spouse can keep health insurance after the divorce depends on several factors.  Tricare ends on the date of…

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Allotments in Wisconsin military divorce

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A knowledgeable Wisconsin divorce lawyer can use military allotments to resolve difficult payment issues for divorcing spouses.  An allotment is a specific amount of money that a servicemember can direct the military to pay to a creditor directly…

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Cost of living increases in military retired pay at divorce

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The value of a military pension at the time of divorce does not necessarily establish the fixed amount of future military retired pay.  Military servicemembers often receive annual cost of living increases (commonly called COLAs) on their retired…

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