Every couple’s divorce situation is as unique as their relationship, and some are more difficult to navigate than others. Some spouses find that separating their assets, lives and benefits is not as easy as it was to combine them. With so much at stake, it is important for military couplings to understand how the rules of divorce apply to their TRICARE benefits so they can plan accordingly and minimize the likelihood of coverage issues, out-of-pocket expenses and confusion.
Filing for divorce does not immediately or automatically exclude the nonpolicy holder spouse from military health care benefits. There are rules and certain criteria in place that govern eligibility. Here is a brief overview of how divorce impacts military health benefits.