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March 2015 Archives

Learning to talk about finances in the context of a divorce

Before we finish our discussion of military divorce and benefits, let's take a quick detour in this blog entry into a more general subject. For as much as we encourage our Dallas readers to understand certain financial issues relevant to the divorce process, we should also acknowledge that at a very basic level, money just isn't something many are comfortable discussing in any situation. Divorce is unlikely to make it any easier -- quite the opposite, in fact.

Are former military spouses still eligible for TRICARE?

We've been discussing in fairly general terms over the past few weeks the division of property and assets, including military benefits, in a divorce where one or more partners is a current or former service member. Let's devote a little more focus this week to one particular benefit that will likely be of concern to any partners to a military divorce: that is TRICARE.

What does the USFSPA mean for military couples in Dallas?

In a civilian divorce, property division, child support and other factors will all be based on the laws of the state court system. If one or more of the divorcing spouses are military servicemen or servicewomen, there will be federal laws to consider as well, among them the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act.

Federal laws play important role in military divorce

Divorce in the military is unique in some ways from civilian divorce, namely in that federal laws apply as well as state laws. One such federal law is the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act. Let's take a closer look at the USFSPA as summarized on the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's website. The following, we should note, is intended as general information only and not specific legal advice for any servicemen or servicewomen contemplating a military divorce.

Divorce rates down among service members; study raises question

The Defense Department recently released statistics on the divorce rate among military service members. The trend is generally a positive one, although it's important for Dallas servicemen and servicewomen -- as well as their spouses -- to nevertheless be aware of the challenges military service can present to a family.