What Are Your Benefits After Divorcing a Military Man?


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In most situations, a military divorce is similar to a civilian divorce, except for situations involving children, spousal support and continuing military benefits, according to Military One Source. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act is the most common of these extended benefits.

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The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act is a benefit that affects how the military divides retirement pay between a former service member and an ex-spouse. This only affects the disposable income involved, states Military One Source. In addition, this act determines eligibility for other continued benefits, such as medical care, commissary funds, installation exchange and further benefits.

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act has a set of restrictions that determine if the ex-spouse receives benefits. First, the marriage must last at least 20 years at the moment of divorce. Second, the service member must actively serve for 20 years and be eligible for retirement pay. Finally, at least 20 years of the marriage must occur during the years of military service. In this case, known as 20/20/20, the ex-spouse is entitled to continuing medical, commissary and exchange benefits, states Military One Source. In addition to any benefits guaranteed by the military program, the military spouse is also responsible for any court-ordered child support or spousal support.

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