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How Does the 20/20/20 Rule Work in Florida

If you are married to a person in the military, it can present its own array of challenges. It may also test your commitment, resolve, and fortitude. Being able to stand by your spouse while they serve can be a struggle, but it can offer some significant rewards and benefits, as well.

Rule Work in Florida

Unfortunately, not all military marriages can withstand the pressure that comes with military life or life after the service member retires from active duty. If you are thinking about filing a divorce from your spouse who is currently serving or has previously served in the military, then it is essential that you take the proper steps to protect your rights and interests. This is because, during the years of your marriage, you were likely given access to certain financial resources and benefits that the military affords to spouses and children of service members.

The Law and Divorce for Military Spouses

Now that you are considering filing for a divorce, you may not be able to continue using those same privileges and benefits. However, there are certain circumstances that may entitle you to keep receiving the full benefits if you are qualified under the 20/20/20 rule. According to this rule, if you are going to be considered eligible for these continued privileges, benefits and the use of your military identification after your divorce you must meet the following criteria:

  • Been married for at least 20 consecutive years
  • Your spouse has served in the military to a time that is equivalent to almost 25 years of service that can be credited toward their retirement pay
  • Both the person’s service and your marriage ran concurrently for 20 years

What Happens if You Don’t Meet the Requirements of the 20/20/20 Rule

If you don’t fulfill the requirements outlined by the 20/20/20 rule, then you won’t be able to receive the full military benefits. Before you move forward with a divorce, it is a good idea that you get to know your legal rights and options. In most cases, the best way to do this is by hiring a divorce attorney to help with the situation.

The fact is, you can improve your chances of a successful outcome when you hire an attorney. They can review the facts related to your case and help you understand the options and potential consequences you may face if you go forward with a divorce without meeting the stipulations outlined by the 20/20/20 rule.

Divorcing Your Military Spouse with the Help of an Attorney

Attorneys understand the law in Florida and how it applies to your case. It may be difficult for some military spouses to continue the life they previously had without these benefits. If you don’t meet the 20/20/20 law requirements, then it may be beneficial to be aware of all the options you have before moving forward. An attorney can help with this.

To learn more about divorcing your military spouse, contact the divorce attorneys from the Esteves-Pazos Law Firm, P.A. by calling (305) 717-7130.

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