Military divorces have special considerations. For example, in a military divorce, a spouse can go directly to a service member’s commanding officer to get support. Usually a commanding officer will give some support to a spouse until a temporary needs hearing or a Judge orders a certain amount. Obviously on a service member’s LES, they do get extra money for a spouse or a dependent. Sometimes however, a spouse will attempt to get more than their allotted share. There are many other issues regarding a military divorce, but probably the most complicated and misunderstood is retirement. Many people believe that the non-military spouse is not entitled to any retirement until they have been married 10 years. This is absolutely incorrect. The non-military spouse is entitled to 50% of the marital share of the service member’s retirement no matter how long they are married.