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What are Texas veteran benefits to think about during a divorce?

Texas military veterans are awarded certain benefits that regular civilians are not. These benefits do affect the divorce proceedings when dividing assets of the couple. For instance, there is no Texas military retirement income tax. However, this is one of the simpler aspects of veteran benefits. While the benefits may seem complicated in marriage, they can be even more confusing in divorce.

If a Texas veteran has children, certain medical benefits are likely afforded to them as well. These could come in the form of healthcare, spending accounts or even simply access to unconditional healthcare. Typically in divorce, the children are still allotted these medical benefits even if sole custody does not reside with the ex-military member. However, it likely will no longer apply to the ex-spouse of the military member after the divorce.

Please keep in mind that each case of divorce involving military or ex-military members is different. Certain branches of the military are afforded benefits that others are not. Similarly, if a military member has endured certain combat situations or injuries, the benefits are likely greater for both the member and the members dependents. Indefinite hospital and injury care for the veteran will not change when the marital status changes.

Awareness is the first step when planning a divorce where a military or ex-military member is involved. Being aware of all the benefits that may be divided gives both parties an idea of what they need to consider during the process. If children are involved there is also a child custody arrangement to consider. Just focus on one aspect at a time and all the points will become resolved.

Source: ncdsv.org, "Texas State Veteran Benefits," Accessed Jan. 19, 2015

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