What happens with survivor benefits the second time around?

Q: I retired from the Air Force in 1992. I divorced my wife of 21 years and changed my Sur­vivor Ben­e­fit Plan ben­e­fi­cia­ries to my daugh­ter and my son. I am now resid­ing with my ex-wife and want to change the SBP ben­e­fi­ciary back to her. How do I do this?

–Michael, Kearns, Ut.

A: As you prob­a­bly know, I’m a big fan of SBP. The good news is that since you pro­tected your ex-wife when you retired you’ll be able to pro­tect her again — when you get remar­ried. I don’t know if that’s good or bad news for you, but that’s how it works. Check out the Q&A’s on this topic at the Defense Finance and Account­ing Ser­vice (DFAS) web­site. Good luck, some­times the sec­ond time around is even better!

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One response to “What happens with survivor benefits the second time around?”

  1. I retired from the USAF in 1980. Divorced in 90 and remar­ried in 2000. What Is my cur­rect wife enti­tled to when I die?

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