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Am I entitled to benefits after divorcing my military spouse?

The thought of being on your own after years of marriage is frightening to many Texans, which is why some people stay in unhappy marriages. It’s not just the prospect of losing companionship that is daunting, especially since many spouses would be happy to leave someone they don’t get along with. Finances can be difficult for the newly single, especially the spouse who earns less. If your spouse is in the military, you might wonder if you are eligible to continue receiving health care and other benefits after your divorce.

According to Livestrong.com, you could be entitled to receive several military benefits after divorcing a servicemember, depending on certain factors. For example, you may be able to receive a portion of your ex’s military retirement benefits if you were married for at least 10 years and your spouse spent 10 or more years in the service. You might similarly be able to continue receiving health coverage through the military if your spouse was enlisted for a certain period of time and you had a lengthy marriage. However, remarrying may negatively affect these benefits, as well as obtaining a job that provides health coverage.

Determining your eligibility for these benefits and others can be complicated and depends on the length of your marriage, how long your spouse was enlisted, the type of service he or she was involved in, whether you get married again and other factors. Therefore, it is recommended to seek experienced counsel. The information in this blog is meant to educate you and should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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