It’s highly recommended. Military divorced can be very tricky, particularly when you’re dividing up the military retirement benefits. Any enhancements in military retirement benefits, resulting after the divorce, because of promotions or pay raises, could accrue to the benefit of the recipient spouse, if they’re not properly spelled out in the marital settlement agreement, resulting in DFAS paying the recipient’s spouse a percentage, based upon the rank and grade of pay at the time of retirement, instead of at the time of dissolution. Likewise, you need to be fully in compliance with all the provisions of the survivor’s benefit plan election.

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