Military Divorce: Support Obligations and Healthcare Coverage

Navigating Unique Rules for Alimony, Child Support, Health Insurance Coverage and Enforcement Methods

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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This CLE course will prepare family law attorneys to identify the key issues that arise concerning support obligations and healthcare coverage, including military support regulations, ways to obtain support in the absence of an order, and how to enforce the support once it has been ordered.


Military pay and retirement benefits present complex issues for purposes of determining spousal and child support in a military divorce. Counsel must navigate unique rules that govern military pay and retirement pay and the applicable federal laws and procedures, and jurisdictional issues.

Counsel must become familiar with the resources to identify elements of military pay. Knowing what pay and allowances courts consider in setting family support and how to enforce the support once it has been ordered is critical. Practitioners must also recognize how to get support when there is no order.

Understanding medical and healthcare coverage for military personnel and their family members, and how to deal with the division of uncovered healthcare expenses between the two parties, are also important.

Listen as our panel of expert family law attorneys discusses the complexities and unique issues associated with support obligations in a military divorce, healthcare coverage for military personnel and their family members, and how to deal with uncovered healthcare expenses.



  1. Rules governing the division of military pay
    1. Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act
    2. Dep't of Defense Financial Management Regulation
    3. Jurisdictional rules in 10 USC 1408(c)(4)
  2. Methods of determining spousal and child support obligations
  3. How to get support in the absence of an order
  4. Ways to enforce court-ordered support including garnishment
  5. Healthcare coverage and ways to divide uncovered healthcare expenses


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What rules govern the determination of spousal and child support for military service members and where can they be found?
  • What are the methods for obtaining support in the absence of a court order?
  • What methods can be used to enforce court-ordered support?
  • What are the rules for securing healthcare coverage for the spouse and children of service members, and for division between the parties of uncovered healthcare expenses?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Mark E. Sullivan
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 the...  |  Read More

Wm. John Camp
Wm. John Camp

Westmoreland Patterson Moseley & Hinson

With a focus on family law, Mr. Camp counsels military and federal civil service clients in addressing their family law...  |  Read More

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