Military couples who have decided to end their marriage will follow many of the same steps that others would in Georgia. However, a military divorce does involve a few differences. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act is a federal law that applies to all military personnel. This law allows Georgia to treat military retirement pay as property instead of income in a divorce.
Spouses of military personnel who were married for at least 10 years might be able to receive retirement payments directly from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. The person in the military must have served for 10 years and the service period must have overlapped with the marriage. Spouses who do not qualify might still get a portion of benefits if included in the divorce agreement. The maximum amount of pension income is 50 percent unless child support is also a factor, in which case an ex-spouse could get up to 65 percent of disposable retirement pay.