Hi, I'm a retired Air Force guy, 26 years of service. A year after retirement I got a job as a civilian Federal Service Employee rebuilding jet engines here in Germany. During my entire career, I was stationed here in Germany, yep....all 26 years. In 1984 I married a local German gal that I thought at age 20 was the greatest thing ever. Now at 48, not so much anymore. After many years of fighting her Alcoholism, I gave up trying, totally drained of all energy. I sought and obtained a divorce through the German court system. Came out of it 100K Euro poorer and heavy in debt as I tried to keep the house that I built. I'm doing ok however in spite of it all and managed to payoff the majority of debt.
My "ex" said from the start of our 24 year marriage that she will never live in the states, she doesn't particularly like Americans. This is why I spent my whole career within 10 miles of her birth place as to sooth over potential hardships. During our marriage she lost her drivers license with a 3.45 alcohol content twice! Yes, that is correct, 3.45%
My problem with this "ex" is that she won't let go and has now filed for half my retirement in Washington which was my home of record during my military career. She is not a US citizen and she never lived in the states, not even a green card. However, the state of Washington is going to order half my US Military retirement to be given to a foreign national. The Former Spouse Protection Act gives her the rights but also requires that she pay taxes on this income. How is that going to work? Additionally, she has a live in boyfriend/new partner (also German) who will be living on the burdens of the US tax payer! Where is the justice in this?
Anybody out there have experience/knowledge on potential tactics that I can utilize to reduce the amout she will get?
Sorry to seem like ranting but I'm still in shock that our Government will be paying my hard earned retirement to someone who is anti-American by nature. I guess I'm being punished for trying to make a bad marriage work.