Too many newly-divorced service members trying to reassemble their lives are leaving Uncle Sam's gifts on the table. Take the Air Force, for example. Too many airmen wait too long to secure benefits for their dependents, including dependents who were born out of wedlock or are children of divorce. Dependent children are entitled to benefits even if they live with a non-military parent, and in some cases the former spouse is also eligible for military benefits.
One of the most valuable benefits for armed forces veterans is the retirement pay, and it could be the most important marital asset. It's vital that divorcing military couples take into account the nature of the benefits and the way courts approach them. It's not the same in every state.