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In Re The Marriage of Patrick J. and Alicja Steiner, 071155

Affirming an order holding that the active duty survivor and death benefits of an active duty servicemember were rightfully distributed to the sister of a deceased soldier, notwithstanding a prior order arising from a status-only marriage dissolution judgment that required the husband to maintain his wife as beneficiary who changed his life insurance policy to benefit his sister because federal law preempted the stipulated order.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/11/30




  • California Court of Appeal