Does divorce affect the service member’s or their spouse’s military benefits?

By Carolyn Grimes
September 23, 2016

The service member’s benefits aren't affected, and they always maintain their benefits. What happens to the spouse is that you will lose your benefits depending on how long you've been married and when you get divorced, which is why you have to be careful in terms of timing and also realize that you are still entitled to those benefits and commissary is very important.

That's a big price discount to shop at the commissary. You are still entitled to that while you're still married. Unless you have a 20/20/20 marriage, you're not going to be entitled to use the commissary after divorce. The pension benefits are divided, and you're not able to stay on the member's' healthcare coverage unless you have been married long enough.

Carolyn Grimes is a family lawyer at the law firm of Wade Grimes Friedman Sutter & Leischner PLLC in Alexandria, Virginia. To learn more about Grimes and her firm, visit

Back To Top

September 23, 2016
Categories:  FAQs

Add A Comment


Allowed HTML: <b>, <i>, <u>, <a>



Divorce Lawyers

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Find all CDFAs

Divorce Mediators

Find Divorce Mediators

Business Valuators / CPAs

Find Business Valuators / CPAs

Collaborative Practice

Find Collaborative Practitioners

Reason for your Divorce

Why did your relationship end? If there's more than one reason, choose the strongest factor.

Money Problems/Arguments
Physical/Emotional Infidelity
Physical/Mental Illness
Physical/Emotional Abuse
Alcoholism/Addiction Issues
Basic Incompatibility

Copyright © 2017 Divorce Magazine, Divorce Marketing Group & Segue Esprit Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission is prohibited.