June 9, 2009

New Case Law – Military Pension Division

As a Portland Oregon divorce law firm, Stephens & Margolin LLP is dedicated to keeping up to date on Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court opinions. As a service of The Oregon Divorce Blog, we will be providing updates as new opinions come out.

On May 27, 2009, the Court of Appeals ruled in the case of Hayes and Hayes.

Husband appealed from the entry of a domestic relations order (a QDRO) that awarded Wife a property interest in his military pension and requires him to designate her as beneficiary under the military survivor benefit plan. The court reversed the beneficiary designation as the trial court was not authorized to make such a designation.

The entire opinion can be viewed here: http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/A134465.htm

The lawyers, including Daniel Margolin, who focuses part of his practice on family law appeals, at Stephens & Margolin LLP can assist you with your family law questions. As this case shows, it is crucial to have a competent attorney at both the trial court and appellate level. If you have any questions about Oregon appellate law please contact Daniel Margolin or C. Sean Stephens at Stephens & Margolin LLP