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Dear Attorneys,


I want to file for divorce, but my husband is in the military and we have not yet been married 10 years. Will I get any of his military benefits if we get divorced before our 10 year anniversary?




Wendy Wait-it-out


Dear Wendy,


When military benefits are involved in a divorce, the dissolution decree needs to have specific language pertaining to the military benefits as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) handbook.  That said, without a 10-year marriage, you may not qualify for some of the federal level benefits, even if your husband is willing to divide such assets with you. You should consult with a VA accredited attorney so that you can ensure that you (and any children if you have them) do get whatever benefits you are entitled.


If you have additional questions regarding your military divorce, contact Wolf & Shore Law Group. Attorney Shore is accredited by the Veterans Administration and we have helped many military servicemen/women, as well as military spouses, deal with difficult dissolutions, including long-distance parenting disputes. We are here to make your divorce easier, not harder.  Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at


Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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