Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Military Health Insurance and Divorce

I want to thank South Mississippi Family Law Blog for pointing out the post 20/20/20 Rule In Military Divorce from the Florida Divorce & Family Law Blog. South Mississippi Family Law Blog is a new blog for me but I think Timothy Evans is off to a very good start. Give him a look.

And it is good to learn new things. Things have changed a bit for Indiana since the closing of Fort Harrison but we may still need this information - I have my first military divorce in my twenty-one years of practice.

"Another major concern for military spouses is whether or not they are going to be entitled to health insurance after their divorce is finalized, and the answer to that is also based upon a calculation called the 20/20/20 Rule. If you have been married for 20 years, your spouse has been in the military for at least 20 years, and you have 20 years of marriage overlapping your 20 years of marriage, then you are entitled to the same benefits as your soon to be ex-spouse meaning health care and full commissary benefits. Another rule is the 20/20/15 rule which means if you have been married for 20 years, your spouse has been in the military for 20 years and at least 15 years of your marriage has overlapped his/her military service, you are entitled to health care benefits for a year after your divorce is finalized. There are other rules and benefits to be aware of if you are getting a divorce and your spouse is in the military and I encourage everyone who is getting a divorce to do your research and find out what you are entitled to before you sign any divorce paperwork or go into a courtroom"

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