Military Divorce: Identifying, Obtaining and Introducing Military Financial and Other Documents as Evidence
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will prepare family law attorneys to identify and use documents that are critical for military divorce cases. The panel will explain how to obtain, understand and introduce the documents into evidence.
- Documents necessary to understand military pay and retired pay
- Leave and Earnings Statement for active-duty personnel (DFAS Form 702), Retirement Points Accounting System Statement for Guard/Reserve personnel
- Retiree Account Statement for retired personnel (DFAS-CL Form 7220)
- Notice of Eligibility (“20-year letter”) for Guard/Reserve personnel
- SBP (Survivor Benefit Plan) election form for Guard/Reserve personnel (DD Form 2656-5)
- DD Forms 2656-1 and 2656-10 for SBP elections, former spouse “deemed election”
- DD Form 2293 for submission of military pension division order
- Letter servicemembers receive upon retirement (pay status) with expected amount of retired pay and calculations
- Obtaining documents through court order or subpoena from the retired pay center (DFAS or Coast Guard), the Guard/Reserve headquarters or state adjutant general’s office, or other military agency
- How to authenticate and government records into evidence
- Other documents which may be needed in the military family law case
- Divorce cases—evidence of domicile (DD Form 2058)
- Custody cases—Family Care Plan documents
- Tax issues regarding military compensation
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What documents are necessary to understand military pay and retired pay?
- What are the most effective ways to obtain documents through court order or subpoena from the retired pay center (Defense Finance and Accounting Service or Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other offices or agencies?
- How should counsel authenticate and introduce government documents into evidence?
Mark E. Sullivan
Sullivan & Tanner
Mr. Sullivan focuses on family law and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has served as... | Read More
Mr. Sullivan focuses on family law and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has served as the Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Family Law Section and as the Chair of the Military Committee of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section. His book, "The Military Divorce Handbook," was published in its Second Edition in August 2011 by the American Bar Association.Close
Dawn M. Laubach
Laubach Law Office
Ms. Laubach practice focuses on family law, probate, estate planning and military law matters. She previously... | Read More
Ms. Laubach practice focuses on family law, probate, estate planning and military law matters. She previously served on active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for five years, providing her with a wealth of trial experience and issues related to military law. After leaving active duty, she became a Reserve Judge Advocate prior to going into private practice.Close