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My husband just retired from the army. He has been cheating…

My husband just retired...

My husband just retired from the army. He has been cheating on me for years. The first time we were married 12 years and this time in January it has been 7 years . If I divorce him what am I entitled to.

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Stateside

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He has retired

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Well three a lot of things that I know he has. He has put he has sent me throw a lot of emotional stress because of his action. I had to go to counseling for 12 weeks.

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Allen M., Esq.
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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

You don't legally have any specified entitlement to any specific portion of military retirement. That is not how the law works. You can divorce him and, as part of that process, make a request that the court divide his military retirement with you based on the number of years that your marriage overlapped his military service. State courts are not obligated to do so though, just as they are not required to divide civilian forms of retirement. They typically do, but it isn't an entitlement until the court actually makes that award, and the court can technically choose not to do so.

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