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Military divorces may effect eligibility for benefits

Americans know to thank members of the armed forces for their service, while many military spouses do not even get thanked for their support. Marriage to a military officer or serviceman can be a difficult ordeal, with people often feeling they are sharing a loved one with a geopolitical climate out of their control.

Long absences, limited benefits and other side effects of the military lifestyle can take their toll on a relationship. Military spouses may also feel emotional complications beyond the usual overtones of divorce because separating from someone defending his or her country can separate a person from a community as well.

In recent years, the economic pressure on active servicemen and veterans has led to divorces for reasons other than irreconcilable differences. One couple reported considering divorce to qualify a child for Medicaid, because a reservist's salary as a law enforcement officer is just high enough to pull the family over the poverty line.

"There are a lot of families who find themselves in situations like this where they either have to get rid of assets or leave jobs," said one expert and policymaker. "You try anything when it comes to your child," according to the veteran father of a child with cerebral palsy.

Potential divorcees may wish to consider their children's welfare, TRICARE benefits and other possible outcomes of a military divorce. An attorney can help represent spouses' interests in disputes or planned separations, as well as identify the possible benefits that spouses can retain after a divorce from a member or veteran of the U.S. military.

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