Unfortunately, no. The survivor benefit plan can only go to one person. If that is written into an agreement, it just won’t happen. It cannot be shared and it’s only designated to one person. The other thing about it is, if you get divorced from your military spouse and you get remarried before the age of 55, then you do not continue to get that survivor plan benefit. I know it’s very strange, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s just one of the hinky military rules. If you do get remarried, then that survivor benefit plan stops. However, if you get divorced again, there is a way that you can reapply for it, but that is kind of a real unique area of law. So if that is happening to you, if you are experiencing something similar to that, then I would definitely talk to military specialized attorney because every case is different and you know your unique facts are going to be something that you want to share with an attorney and get very specific advice.
Ginger L. Dugan, a family lawyer at All Family Law Group in Tampa, Florida, has 10 years of experience in family law and handling complex cases.