You’re seeking a military divorce or separation, and you want to understand your rights (and responsibilities) so that you can end the relationship in a respectful, simple fashion and protect your needs and your children’s needs. Over the next few blog posts, we will provide an array of tips, strategies, and recommendations to help through this process.
The 20/20/20 Rule
After a military divorce, you can continue receiving military privileges and benefits, if you meet the requirements of the “20/20/20 rule.” You can get commissary benefits, medical benefits, theater privileges, and more as long as:
- You were married for 20+ years to the military member before getting divorced;
- Your husband or wife served for 20 years in the military;
- There was a 20 year overlap between your marriage and the spouse’s creditable service;
- You remain unremarried.
A related rule, the 20/20/15 rule, says the following: if you were married 20 years, and the service member worked for 20 years; and the marriage and service overlapped for 15 years; then you can get transitional benefits for just one year under the TRICARE program.
If you don’t meet the conditions of the 20/20 rules, once the divorce has been finalized, you need to turn in your ID card and stop collecting health exchange and commissary benefits.
Get Clear about Technical Aspects Regarding Your Military Divorce
The team here at the Toussaint Law Firm, PC has a lot of experience helping military couples going through divorce or separation. Please call or email us today to schedule a confidential and thorough discussion about your needs and rights.