Family Matters

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

Learn about Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) which is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to certain eligible survivors of military service members and veterans.
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Adoption and the Military

The Department of Defense (DoD) has stated that family support is critical for service members. It supports service members who decide to adopt children and tries hard to support families during the adoption process.
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Family Law Overview

"Family law" is the term lawyers use to describe laws that affect families. 

Overview of Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

A brief overview of SCRA legal protections for activated servicemembers, with links to more details.
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Child Support and Veterans Benefits - Q and A

Questions about what can or can't be done to collect child support from your Veteran's Benefits? This article covers some of the most common Q&A's on this topic.
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The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Frequent moves and deployment can create problems for children of military families who are still in school, as a result of different rules and requirements between school districts.
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Child Custody and Military Service

Information and guidance about navigating family life while in the military.



Married to a veteran for 18 years. I’m listed as a dependent/wife on paperwork during the time he was compassionated back pay from 2012 to present. Now he wants a divorce. Am I entitled to any benefits since now he has a 100% rating?


Jim's Reply:

In any divorce action each party will be entitled to what the law and the court decide they will have, nothing more, nothing less. Many military and veteran spouses enter divorce believing all the things their former partner tells them, most of which aren't true. 

The court will require each of you to complete a financial statement and from that information the judge will use the law to determine who owes what to who. Disability payments from VA are part of that overall income, those benefits are not protected during divorce.

Good luck.


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VA Survivors Pension


A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans.

Step 1: Check if the Veteran’s service allows you to be eligible.

Step 2: Check if you currently meet the criteria to be eligible.

Step 3: Apply