About the Divorce Rights of Military Spouses

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There are many rules and laws regarding the rights of divorced military spouses that are written out in the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act. Get commissary, exchange and health care benefits as the divorced spouse of a military member with help from a private in the military in this free video on military service.

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What right does the divorced spouse of a military member have? In 1981 the Supreme Court ruled that military retired pay could not be treated as community property in divorce cases. In response congress enacted: The uniformed services former spouse protection act, which goes a long way towards answering any questions you may have. Issues such as retirement pay, health care, commissary and exchange benefits are all covered there. The USFSPA will allow a local court to rule in many of these circumstances, treating the separation much like a civilian divorce. The former spouse can expect care in military health care facilities. A former spouse can be designated as a survivor in the case of benefits. The former spouse has commissary, exchange and health care benefits under certain circumstances, including that their former spouse served at least twenty years as a creditable service. Discussing the circumstances with the local military office is the best first step. Make an appointment with an attorney. Just do an internet search for: military legal assistance offices in your area.

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