Benefits Military Spouses Receive After Divorce

Benefits Military Spouses Receive After Divorce

Benefits Military Spouses Receive After Divorce

You’re married to a U.S. military service member but you’re about to get a divorce. What benefits are you still entitled to receive from the U.S. Government as a former military spouse, even after the divorce finalizes? In this video, I go over healthcare, your military spouse’s retirement pay and disability pay, and access to military installations’ Commissaries, Exchanges, and other morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) facilities. I also go over how legal separation plays into all of this, including your ability to live on base and your right to access support services that are available to military dependents. AND I let you know what could cause you to stop receiving these post-divorce benefits.

0:00 Introduction
0:59 Military Spouse’s Retirement Pay and Disability Pay/VA Benefits
1:59 20/20/20 Rule
2:45 20/20/15 Rule
3:15 Effects of Divorce on Military Children’s Benefits
3:34 If 20/20/20 and 20/20/15 Don’t Apply to You
4:05 If You’re Legally Separated

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  1. Great information Ashley. I have a question that I hope you can answer. I married an Army guy at 19 y/o. We have 1 child together who is 5 y/o now. We have been separated for 3 years. When we were together he mistreated me and cheated on me, so I left him. He is out of the Army now and not working. He only pays $90/ child support. I know he is getting Army disability because he broke his leg while in service, but he keeps everything secret from me. I want to get a divorce, but I also want my daughter to get the benefits she deserves. I don’t know his SS number or his current address. Is there a way I can get his Army records based on the address when we lived together at Fort Braggs, NC? Thank you in advance.

  2. Benefits end for dependents at age 21 unless they are a full-time student seeking an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited school. In that case, benefits end at age 23 or the expected graduation date, or whichever comes first.

  3. Hello Ashley,
    Hope all is well with you, family and friends.
    CRDP, how is a portion of that calculated in order for a formal spouse to enquire during divorce?

  4. Awesome information Ashley I really appreciate it. I writing you to help my sister in law who was married to a Army soldier 19 years and 6 months before they were divorce. Her husband retired 6 months later and immediately got married again.. My sister in law was not aware of the 20-20-20 rule at the time they divorced but her husband did and left her apparently with no benefits other than 42% of his retirement but nothing else.She does not have access to the commissary, or any benefits such as VA home loan. He left her with 4 children which are now grown. What can she do to can get benefits for access to any other benefits.

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