I have definitely seen some bitter military divorces in my time in the military and these story below is one of them:
The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled any military retirement pay that a veteran converts into disability benefits is exempt from alimony.
The Mississippi court reversed a decision in a Lamar County divorce case, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1989 that federal law does not permit state court divorce decrees to divide the disability benefits. The Mississippi court said federal law pre-empts state law.
According to court records, a portion of the financial settlement that Tonya Mallard received in the property settlement agreement in her divorce was 40 percent of James Mallard’s “disposable military retirement pay” for 10 years. [Stars & Stripes]
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I once asked a Sergeant Major who was getting ready to retire with 28 years of service on what motivated him to stay in that long. He jokingly told me that what motivated him was the thought that the longer he stayed in that was one less year of his retirement pay that his ex-wife he divorced 20 years ago would receive.