Retirement plans are created with the intention of providing an individual with benefits that will give them financial support once they retire. In an effort to prevent these programs from being used in unintended ways, the laws regarding retirement plans are designed to prevent retirement benefits from going to anyone but the person who has taken out the plan. However, there are some exceptions to these retirement laws. A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is one of these exceptions.
The demands of a military lifestyle can create unique habits and stressors for families of service members. Thankfully, many benefits are offered by the military in return for your commitment. One benefit available to both service members and spousal dependents includes access to free on-post legal assistance through the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA).