Dividing Military Pensions: Changes to Federal Law


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course will discuss the procedures for dividing military pensions in a divorce, with emphasis on the changes brought about by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. We will cover methods of calculating the required “high-3” and language you should use in orders to make sure that your client receives appropriate treatment in the division of military retired pay.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Differences in military and civilian retirement
•   Benefits available to a spouse under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)
•   Drafting of orders to protect non-military spouses’ rights

Date / Time: March 5, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: January 3, 2020

Grayson Smith Cannon, Esq. is an associate attorney in the Gallatin, Tennessee firm of Phillips & Ingrum, where her main areas of practice include Social Security, domestic relations and family law, wills, conservatorships and estate administration, and general civil litigation. She frequently represents clients to prepare Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and other retirement division orders and works often with family law clients having special circumstances such as a disability. Ms. Cannon is a frequent speaker to other attorneys and civic groups on Social Security, probate and family law. Ms. Cannon has practiced law in Tennessee since 1988 and is a 1988 graduate of the Nashville School of Law, where she was a member of Cooper’s Inn Honor Society. She earned her B.A. degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee cum laude, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She is admitted to the Tennessee Bar, the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. When not practicing law, she enjoys long-distance running and cycling, having completed over twenty marathons and a number of cycling centuries. She lives in East Nashville with her husband, John and her cat Scully.

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Section I. Military retirement – what can and cannot be divided and how it’s different from civilian retirement

Section II. Changes as a result of the 2017 Act

Section III. Language that must be included in a order for division of retired pay

Section IV. Calculation of High-3

Section V. Other benefits to be considered