Divorce & Annulment

questions & answers

Question: I was a 20 yrs Navy veteran, I was also married 16 yrs on active duty. I divorced following my retirement. The courts granted my ex-spouse 50% of my retirement. Will my ex continue to receive alimony for life?

Answer: Your ex will continue to receive 50% of your pension as ordered in the decree.  Alimony is a separate issue.  You do not say what the alimony award was.  If you are now retired and your ex is receiving monthly payments consisting of 50% of your monthly pension benefit plus alimony specified in the decree, you have the option to go back to court and ask that the alimony be reduced or eliminated because she is now getting a portion of the pension.  Also, if she has remarried, the alimony should have terminated.  You do not say if you were divorced in Arizona.  Get some legal advice about the alimony from a lawyer who can review your divorce decree.  Alimony is now called spousal maintenance.  Again, you must understand that the pension division is not alimony.  They are separate issues.  With a 16 year active duty marriage, it is unlikely her share of the pension can be reduced.

QUESTIONS

  • I was a 20 yrs Navy veteran, I was also married 16 yrs on active duty. I divorced following my retirement. The courts granted my ex-spouse 50% of my retirement. Will my ex continue to receive alimony for life?

STORIES

  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • If you get a divorce, make sure your date of birth is on the Decree if your name is changing!. . .
  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .

LegalLEARN

YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED

FIND LEGAL HELP

  • Please select your county of residence below.

    County:
     

OTHER LEGAL RESOURCES

  • State Bar of Arizona
    www.azbar.org
  • Maricopa County Bar
    www.maricopabar.org
    Referral number 602-257-4434
  • Pima County Bar
    www.pimacountybar.org
    Referral number 520-623-4625
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    800-799-7233
  • Bankruptcy Court Self Help Center
    866-553-0893
  • Certified Legal Document Preparer Program
    Link

ORGANIZATIONS