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Here's what to know about your military divorce

Military divorces are all different. They have many factors to consider, such as which party was a service member, how long the couple has been together and if there are children involved.

There are many differences between civilian and military divorces. Here are some common questions and answers.

Does the military member have to pay for support during separation?

Throughout any separation, the service member is responsible for providing support to their spouse and children. The amount of support is something you can negotiate yourselves, or you can fall back on the guidelines provided by your branch of the military.

Do you keep your military benefits during a separation?

During a separation, a military spouse still retains their military ID and full benefits. When the divorce is final, the ID is then taken away in most cases. If you qualify as a 20/20/20 or 20/20/15 spouse, then you may be able to keep your benefits and military privileges.

Can you keep your medical privileges if you're not a 20/20/20 or 20/20/15 former spouse?

If you aren't a 20/20/20 or 20/20/15 former spouse, you may not qualify for military medical care in all cases. If you don't, then you can enroll in the Department of Defense's CHCBP (Continued Health Care Benefit Program). The coverage provided through this program is very similar to TRICARE and can be retained for up to 36 months after losing eligibility for military-based medical care.

Military divorces can be complex. If you're not sure how to prepare for yours, make sure you reach out to someone familiar with the military and divorce law.

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