Military pension

You will need to draft a Military Domestic Relations Order, when you get that properly qualified and accepted by the military, they will make the payments directly to you when the time comes.

You are not automatically entitled to survivor benefits, but many people negotiate to receive them.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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919.787.6361 main fax


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Husband of 28 yrs moved out 6/1/07. We are in the process of drafting a separation agreement. He was in the USMC active duty 11 yrs (10 yrs. of which were prior to our marriage)and then he got out and remained in the Reserves for 15 yrs. Total time in 26 yrs. He retired as a Col. and chose at that time to receive his pension at 60 with survivor benefits. The breakdown is 1/3 of his retirement points were accrued when we were married so I would be entitled to 1/2 of that amt. I have had the pension valued by an actuary and the marital portion is 150,000 of which I am entitled to 1/2. My questions are, as an exspouse, 1) am I entitled to suvivor benefits or when he dies that’s the end of my part of the pension and 2) will my benefit be coming directly from the government or will I collect from him after he is paid every month.