Pelts v. Pelts (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)Annotate this Case
Gregory Pelts and Shelly Pelts divorced in 2014. In the divorce decree, the circuit court granted Shelly a marital portion of Gregory’s military retirement and ordered Gregory to pay for a survivor-benefit option for Shelly from whatever retirement payments he ended up receiving. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the circuit court erred in treating Gregory’s nonvested active-duty retirement interest as divisible property and in ordering him to maintain a survivor-benefit plan out of his retirement income for Shelly’s sole benefit without providing sufficient justification for why Gregory must participate in the cost of the benefit. Remanded.