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Lengthy military marriages have special considerations in divorce

Any divorce is difficult when you are the one going through it. For members of the military and their spouses, especially those who have served for decades, going through a divorce is really troublesome because of the 20/20/20 rule. That rule means that if a military service member has been married for at least 20 years, served for at least 20 years and at least 20 years of the marriage occurred during the service member's time in the military, the former spouse of the service member is entitled to certain benefits.

We know that going through a divorce after decades of marriage is difficult. You and your ex have gone through all those years of military service together. Military members and their exes should understand that there are specific benefits that are possible in a 20/20/20 situation.

The former spouse might be eligible for TRICARE medical care coverage and commissary or exchange privileges. The TRICARE eligibility guidelines as well as the co-pays and premium costs can impact whether the former spouse can get coverage. When it comes to the monetary aspects of TRICARE, discussing those during the divorce is vital so that the service member and the former spouse know what to expect.

We know that you probably have questions. Even if you haven't been married for decades, you might still have concerns about a military divorce. We can help you get answers to your questions and make a plan of action. You shouldn't rely on someone who isn't familiar with military divorces when you are having to learn the ins and outs of a service member divorce.

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