Service members and their spouses face a whole different set of issues than civilians when they’re going through divorce. A lot of people are confused about what counts as income for a service member. Yes, BAH and BAS count as income when calculating child and spousal support. Sometimes those amounts change when there are fewer dependents, but that all depends upon the service member’s rank. Military retirement is also normally an issue that needs to be discussed. A spouse’s portion of military retirement is an important asset that needs to be covered during the divorce. Colorado Courts treat military retirement like assets, exactly the same as they treat other retirements like 401(k)s or IRAs. The amount of military retirement that has been accumulated during the marriage is considered marital and should be split in half. If parties have been married more than ten years, DFAS can send payments directly to the spouse so the parties don’t have to interact. If the parties have been married fewer than 10 years they’re going to have to work out how payment happens. When parties have been married very little amounts of time, sometimes a buyout of military retirement makes sense. This should be analyzed on an individual basis and it’s not always worth it, It depends upon your overall situation. It is important to find an attorney who understands military law and the impacts the servicemember might be facing from his or her chain of command. Haily grew up a military brat, and understands the importance of what you’re going through as a servicemember or a servicemember’s spouse. Feel free to contact her about your military divorce.