Child support and spousal maintenance can bring notable financial complications to any divorce, but this is even more true of splits involving service members. A few of the most notable concerns related to military-based support are highlighted below:

Determining Earnings And Payments

Military members and civilians largely pursue the same approach for determining child support and spousal maintenance. In both cases, requirements are dictated by the state in which the spouse paying support resides.

The first step to completing a valid calculation of child or spousal support obligations: determining how much you actually earn as a military member. This can prove surprisingly complicated. Official military pay charts provide a helpful start, but the Basic Allowance for Subsistence or Separate Rations (BAS) and Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) should also be taken into account.

Once you’ve determined your monthly obligation, feel free to set up automatic withdrawals from your military income. Approved by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, these withdrawals are known as voluntary allotments.

Obligation to Pay

Beyond calculating pay and furnishing voluntary allotments, the main difference between child custody for service members and civilians lies in the role of obligation. The military imposes a strict sense of duty for service members, who are required to use their earnings to support dependents. This obligation holds firm in the aftermath of divorce — and the consequences can be harsh for service members who fail to abide by child support or spousal maintenance requirements.

Your status as a service member can hold huge implications for every aspect of the divorce process. As you navigate these complications, don’t hesitate to seek support from an attorney who understands the ins and outs of military divorce. The team at the Brown Law Offices is happy to help — reach out today to learn more.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper