USFSPA 2014 Proposals for Change

Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act

The American Retirees Association is one of the organizations pushing forward with proposals to change the USFSPA. They recently posted their current objectives: their intention to call on the 113th Congress prior to the markup of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. (See their entire proposal list below.)

One topic on their agenda is addressing the subject of remarriage, which we have also recently discussed.

The ARA is proposing to add “unremarried” before “former husband or wife” in the 10 USC § 1408 – Payment of retired or retainer pay in compliance with court orders section shown below:

(6) The term “spouse or former spouse” means the husband or wife, or former husband or wife, respectively, of a member who, on or before the date of a court order, was married to that member.

This would cease the division of pay upon remarriage and in some cases impact SBP and medical care that some former military spouses are awarded in their court orders.

This item is only the first the ARA list shown below. We won’t cover each item in this post, but wish to re-emphasize how important it is for military spouses (current and former) to pay attention to these types of proposals for USFSPA changes.

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