If you are getting ready to retire and were previously married, it is a smart idea to review your divorce paperwork prior to making a decision concerning the Survivor Benefit Plan. Some former spouses will ask and receive SBP as a former spouse through official court orders. Please keep in mind that the language in the divorce decree should be very explicit. The wording must reference Survivor Benefit Plan, not just â€œretired pay.â€ Although the two are intertwined, SBP and retired pay are two separate entities. If a retiree is court-ordered to provide Former Spouse coverage, he or she cannot cover a current or potential future spouse. To learn more about the complexities of Former Spouse Coverage and SBP, consult with your D-M SBP counselor at 228-5690.
Counselor discusses SBP and former spouse coverage
DM SBP Counselor