About the Author
Military Divorce Tips Author Answers Questions
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Military Divorce Tips, for the service member, the soon-to-be-former spouse, and their attorneys, provides a solid foundation for a basic understanding of military divorce issues. This efficient reference tool provides quick insight to the complexities involved without delving too heavily into the U.S. Codes themselves. At the same time, attorneys are able to use the footnotes if sources are needed for litigation. An awareness of the basics can lessen the economic and emotional turmoil of divorce. Consultations with financial advisors and divorce lawyers will be more productive, less time consuming, and less expensive after reading the topics included in this book.
Tracy Foote, former Capt. USAF, was a dual-military couple spouse who served overseas specializing in Military Accounting and Finance. Her nine years in service and ten more subsequently as a dependent spouse with children, give her a grasp of various viewpoints. When her marriage ended, she turned her first-hand experiences and expertise concerning military divorce benefits and entitlements into valuable tips to assist other couples.
- Author: Tracy Foote
- Grammar School: St. Ignatious Loyola
- High School: The Bronx HS of Science
- College: US Air Force Academy, BS Degree with Latin America Minor
- Hometown: New York, NY
- Current residence: Indianapolis, IN
- Majority of Military Service: Spangdahlem AB, Germany
- Rank: Captain
- Travels: Germany, England, China, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia,
- Hobbies: Running, Gardening
Author Questionnaire – About the author, Tracy Foote
- Why did you write this book?
Accurate comprehensible information pertaining to military divorce is not readily available. Internet searches on the subject can be overwhelming and time consuming, and often, only bits and pieces of issues are covered. My goal was to consolidate information to provide essential grounding upon which to ask questions or read further.Ultimately the persons responsible for the outcome of a divorce has to be the service member and former spouse. They must take the lead in checking figures and ensuring their military retired pay division is correct.In my own personal case, there were processing errors that would never have been found had I not looked closer and read the fine details. While I would hope my case is one of few, it certainly serves as an example of the importance of taking an active role in the process.There are eleven Military Divorce Checklists to assist in the divorce process and its aftermath.I hope the book also assists lawyers in emphasizing the importance of follow-up to their respective clients.
- What is the purpose of this book?
My book will guide readers down correct paths, ensuring the right questions are asked, and providing direct references for use in discussions with both customer service personnel and attorneys. The overall goal is to facilitate a positive outcome for both parties during divorce and thereafter.
- What makes your book distinctive?
Having spent almost twenty years associated with the military (over nine in service and ten more as a dependent spouse) I have a familiarity with both viewpoints in a military divorce. I understand service life, I know what it is like to be a dependent spouse, and I have worked in military finance. Having experienced the military divorce process first hand, I’ve also dealt with the future consequences and processing errors that might transpire during retirement.
- Are you encouraging military couples to get divorced?
Not at all! As a Catholic, divorce is against my religious beliefs, and in general, I believe divorce should not be an option. Take it off the table. It should not be considered as a possible solution to marital issues.Perhaps there will be couples who will read Military Divorce Tips and together decide that divorcing is not even worth considering. Unfortunately, it only takes one person to make a divorce become final. In such cases, the book should help make the entire process easier for all involved.
- Who do you envision will read or use your book?
- Service members
- Military spouses
- Former military spouses
- Attorneys or lawyers
- Paralegal specialists
- Marriage Counselors
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