The Department of Military Finance Center (DFAS) has reported that more than $82 million of military retired/retainer pay is now being forwarded as a marital property asset to former spouses of career military personal each month. More than $3 million is from Washington state.
In 1981, the U.S . Supreme Court ruled that military retired pay was not a community property asset (McCarty vs. McCarty). In 1982, Rep. Patricia Schroeder was able to attach the Uniform Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) to the Department of Defense Authorization legislation. The USFSPA legislation was even backdated so as to remove the …