Family Law

Family Law News Issue 2, 2014, Volume 36, No. 2

Fact or "Whacked"? Myths and Mistakes in Military Divorces

Mark E. Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan is a retired Army Reserve JAG colonel. He practices family law in Raleigh, North Carolina and is the author of THE MILITARY DIVORCE HANDBOOK (Am. Bar Assn., 2nd Ed. 2011) and many internet resources on military family law issues. A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mr. Sullivan has been a board-certified specialist in family law since 1989.


In too many military divorces, a client or lawyer makes a costly mistake. Often it’s because the client is unaware of the options or the law, someone relies on rumors and myths, "barracks lawyers" and buddies provide well-meaning but erroneous information, the attorney is unaware of the rules for military retirement and its division; or the rules themselves are too complex, illogical and confusing. This article is intended to help lawyers and their clients to sort out truth from "urban legends," the fact from the "whacked."

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