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February 2013 Archives

Military's lifetime alimony rules under siege

Military servicemen and women, as well as their advocates, are speaking out against a federal law that they believe treats them unfairly in divorce. The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act designates military retirement pay as property for the purpose of divorce, meaning that it may be split up to 50/50. This allows some former spouses to collect half of their exes' retirement pay for life.

Protecting your finances after a grey divorce

In recent months we've talked about "grey divorce," or the growing number of older adults choosing to end their marriages. Over the past twenty years, the divorce rate among baby boomers has doubled, with about one in four boomer marriages ending in divorce.

The Violence Against Women Act and tribal land issues

The United States Senate recently reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark federal law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence. However, the legislation has stalled in the House, which has led some to criticize lawmakers for failing to pass this important law.

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