The 10/10 RuleAn important part of the USFSPA is the 10/10 rule. Many people mistakenly believe that this rule limits the non-service member spouse’s ability to seek a share of the retirement pay unless the marriage had lasted for 10 or more years and the service member has put in at least 10 years of qualifying military service. Nothing could be further from the truth.The 10/10 rule in military property division cases simply provides options for the non-service member spouse with regard to where he or she receives payments from. If the couple was married for at least 10 years and the service member put in at least 10 years of qualifying military service, the non-service member spouse has the option of receiving his or her payments directly from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).
Kirk Stange authored a chapter in a book on military divorce through Aspatore Publishing called Strategies for Military Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Family Law in the Armed Forces. View portions of the chapter by clicking the link above.