Remarriage and Survivor Benefit Plan Coverage

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 by Hofheimer Family Law

If you're still a beneficiary under your former husband's Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), you'll need to understand how your benefits may change in the event that you remarry. Some of the legalities involving a military divorce can be quite confusing, so it's best to ask an experienced Virginia divorce attorney to explain anything that is unclear.

If you remarry before you turn 55, you'll no longer be eligible to receive SBP benefits. If your remarriage occurs after you turn 55, your survivor benefits will not be terminated. This is an important bit of information if you're contemplating remarriage around this time of life.

It's wise to have one eye on the future, especially as you rebuild your new life. Knowing all your rights concerning the SBP after your Virginia divorce can help you make informed decisions. While the information may never be put to use, you should be aware that if your second marriage ends in divorce or death, you can have your SBP benefits reinstated.

You'll also want to keep in mind that as a former spouse of a military member, your rights to SBP benefits aren't automatic. You'll need to closely follow the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) protocol for the SBP, with which your Virginia divorce attorney can help.

Military divorce poses a unique set of circumstances that can feel taxing but it's important to stay focused on building a bright future. Stay informed of your rights regarding the SBP so you can avoid making uninformed decisions that might affect your survivor benefits and your finances.

Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney

There are very specific rules governing divorce in Virginia, especially a military divorce. At Hofheimer Family Law Firm we are committed to providing you with the experience and compassion you deserve and the successful results you need to move on with your life. Request a FREE copy of our divorce guide for women in Virginia, or reserve your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.