Military Divorce: 20/20/20 Standards & 20/20/15 Standards

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Military Divorce: 20/20/20 Standards & 20/20/15 Standards

Understanding the 20/20/20 and 20/20/15 Rules

Pensacola, FL and Military Divorce

Pensacola, Florida is home to several significant military bases, and has a large military population.  As a result, Pensacola, Florida sees a large number of military divorces, family law cases, and other proceedings. Steve W. Bowden, Attorney at Law, knows this time is difficult for all parties. Our Law offices are located near Corry Station and NAS in Pensacola. For 30 years we have handled problems that are unique to active duty and retired military service members. At Steve W. Bowden, Attorney at Law, we are able to handle most issues where Florida has jurisdiction, which may include Initial Divorce proceedings, Spousal Support, Child Support, Modification, Visitation or Custody issues Contempt, E-mail or Teleconferencing.

Members of the military and their spouses have special considerations when they are going through a divorce. This is especially true for people who have had lengthy marriages. The military uses a standard known as the 20/20/20 standard to determine if the spouse of a military member is entitled to benefits after a divorce.

What is the 20/20/20 standard?

The 20/20/20 standard means that the military member and his or her spouse have been married for at least 20 years, the military member has served at least 20 years, and at least 20 years of the marriage have overlapped at least 20 years of military service.

What does the 20/20/20 standard entitle a person to after a divorce?

If a person meets the 20/20/20 standard, he or she will be able to continue using the commissary or exchange after the divorce. He or she will continue to receive TRICARE and will be able to take advantage of the theater privileges under the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. If he or she remarries, he or she will not be entitled to any of these benefits.

How is the 20/20/15 standard different?

If a couple was married at least 20 years, the service member served at least 20 years, but only 15 of the marriage and service years overlapped, the former spouse would qualify for reduced privileges after the divorce. He or she wouldn’t get any commissary or exchange privileges and he or she wouldn’t be able to use any MWR services; however, he or she could qualify for one year of TRICARE medical coverage.

There are several things to think of when you are going through a military divorce. Learning all the ways the divorce will affect you is vital – Steve W. Bowden, Attorney at Law, is here to help.


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