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Can retired pay be divided upon divorce prior to retirement?

Some states allow payments to be made while the military member is still on active duty; some do not. The law permits the present value of the pension to be used as a set-off or trade against other property that the civilian spouse may receive. Thus, for example, the retired pay might be traded against a marital home. If the numbers do not align properly and equitably, one spouse can make what is called "distributive award" to the other to compensate for the inequality.