Marriage + Divorce

Navy couple getting married

Similar to civilian life, marriage and divorce are two major life-changing events for service members and their families. A service member will see an increase in BAH with the addition of a spouse, but contrary to popular belief, there is not an increase in basic pay. The service member will also need to enroll the new spouse in Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) in order for the spouse to be eligible for medical, commissary, and exchange benefits. If these terms sound foreign to you, be sure to check out our “New to the Military” portion of our website.

Divorce proceedings are governed by state law; however, federal law provides guidance on how retirement pay can be divided and what benefits the former spouse may be entitled to. Each divorce case is unique and there is no guarantee that any benefits will be awarded by the state court. Be sure to consult an expert who can provide guidance on your case and the benefits available to you.

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