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VIEW FROM THE CHARTHOUSE
by Dennis Egge
President, Board of Directors
American Retirees Association
APRIL 2017 - NEW
It's my understanding annuity law
will require that the Pentagon's
blended military retirement system'
assets be divided at the time of divorce.
Now, it seems Congress has
thankfully broadened that concept to
(prospectively) include the Pentagon's
traditional military retirement
system' jointly earned property assets;
unless I am wrong, this amounts
to California's depublished Kniss v
Kniss decision, in all 50 states. I am
advised that North Carolina, and
other states, are not currently in compliance
with these new regulations.
At your service,
When the US Supreme Court struck down California's self-proclaimed right to divide Uniformed Service Personnel retired from active duty pay as jointly earned property, on 26 June 1981, the dissenting Justices advised the 97th Congress "this (decision) could create some hardships". That admonition amounted to an opportunity the 97th Congress simply could not refuse. The 97th Congress' Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA) mandate encouraged State jurisdictions, where community property principles are pursued, aggressively, in divorce, by including Uniformed Service Personnel in the target audience, effective, 25 June 1981. . . . .
While the target audience calls for USFSPA repeal, their spouses openly stalk, ambush and abuse them in family court, with Congress' approval. Am I the only one who can imagine how ineffective USFSPA would become, if all targeted personnel were thoroughly trained and equipped to deal effectively with this clear and present threat? Armed with that information they will make informed choices, regarding their nation's call to arms as a profession, while married. If their employers will not provide this urgently needed training, I believe our Charter demands it.