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Can my kids receive military benefits after divorce?

One of the best things about being in a military family unit is the large number of benefits dependents and military members receive. These benefits include reduced housing costs, free or affordable health care, educational perks and access to affordable, low-cost shopping. When children are part of the picture, benefits like these take on an even greater importance.

Texas military parents who are contemplating divorce often wonder what will happen to these benefits and if they can be preserved for their children. Kids produced in a military marriage are entitled to keep certain benefits until they reach 21 years of age. For example, as long as the military member parent is on active duty, his or her children will have access to health care benefits until they turn 21. On the flip side, military children will lose access to the commissary unless their military parent accompanies them.

Other benefits the children may receive will depend upon the amount of child support the military parent provides. If the military parent pays more than 50 percent of this support, minor dependants can retain access to benefits such as MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) as well as entry into case exchange stores. If the military parent pays less than 50 percent, the children will lose these benefits.

One way to make sure your children have all the benefits they are due is by getting them military dependent ID cards. Normally, children under 10 do not have these cards, but this rule is set aside for kids who do not reside with an ID card holder.

Military groups are proud to provide benefits for minor dependents despite divorce. However, if you experience any problems relating to your children and your military divorce, you might consider working with a Texas-based divorce attorney outside of the military.

Source: Military.com, "We're Getting Divorced. What Military Benefits Do Our Kids Get?," accessed Aug. 04, 2015

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