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Military divorce will lead to significant tax changes

When Florida service members are going through divorce, often the last thing on their minds is the manner in which their tax scenario will change once that process is finalized. However, in order to make the best possible decisions during a military divorce, it is important to consider a number of financial matters, including tax obligations. Working through the outcomes of various decisions can help spouses make choices that are in line with their long term goals.

Tips for finding a good military divorce attorney

When the time comes to bring a marriage to a close, choosing the right attorney can make all the difference in the world. For many Florida spouses, a divorce marks the first time in their lives when they will have to use the services of an attorney. Knowing how to select the best possible match is important, especially for families who are facing a military divorce. The following tips are offered in the hopes of guiding military spouses through this process.

Understanding how to handle an IRA in a military divorce

In an effort to achieve a swift and less contentious divorce, some Florida couples will choose to process their divorce on their own, without the assistance of an attorney. The shared goal of a collaborative divorce is an honorable one, and deserves respect. However, reaching the end of a military divorce without serious error requires a particular set of skills. This is where legal services come into play, because even the most collaborative couples can still make mistakes that can cost them in the long run.

Track expenses well in advance of military divorce

For Florida spouses who are seriously considering ending their marriage, there is no such thing as being overprepared. In order to reach the most advantageous military divorce settlement, spouses need to pay close attention to current financial status, as well as their projected financial needs for the years ahead. Doing so can help spouses make more informed and, therefore, better decisions when it comes to financial matters, including divorce.

Supreme Court rules on retirement benefits and military divorce

A recent ruling has addressed an issue that faces many military families in Florida and across the nation. The case made its way through the lower courts before finally being taken up by the United States Supreme Court. The outcome clarifies how retirement pay is handled after a military divorce, and gives spouses an idea of how they should plan for their future financial needs.

Mandatory waiting periods and military divorce

Once a marriage has encountered serious trouble, both spouses have usually put in a great deal of time and effort trying to work things out. No one wants to see their marriage end in divorce, which is why so many military families in Florida and across the nation spend months or even years trying to make their union healthy and happy. However, once the decision has been made to move forward with a military divorce, both parties are usually ready to take that path. Unfortunately, some states require a mandatory waiting period before a couple can obtain a divorce, which can lead to a number of issues.

Supreme Court justices stay quiet in hearing on military divorce

The justices of the Supreme Court were unusually quiet earlier this week in a case that will decide how military retirement benefits ought to be divided in divorce. According to a report in SCOTUSblog, remarks "fly fast and furious from all the justices" during a typical hearing, leaving lawyers little time to speak.

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Attorney Amanda Salcido has served her country as a member of the U.S. Army JAG Corp for more than 10 years. Her military experience spans over twenty years. Ms. Salcido provides professional legal guidance for service members and non-service members alike.

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