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    Here's a question...."dependent" status post divorce

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    I know step-children of AD members are counted as dependents and afforded the appropriate benefits (ie medical) just as children born TO that AD member are. How does that work if the couple divorces, though? I know that biological children of the AD member continue to qualify for Tricare, etc - but that would not extend to the step-children, would it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss B Hav'n View Post
    I know step-children of AD members are counted as dependents and afforded the appropriate benefits (ie medical) just as children born TO that AD member are. How does that work if the couple divorces, though? I know that biological children of the AD member continue to qualify for Tricare, etc - but that would not extend to the step-children, would it?
    I believe it does but you can call Tri-Care and check.
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    I don't think they'd still be eligible for Tricare unless they were adopted by the AD member.

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    No they do not. Since legally the AD member is not responsible for the step kids post divorce the military does not keep them on as dependants.
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    Thank you - that is what I had thought. However, I was being told differently by someone else (who, btw, isn't even affiliated w/the military in any way but had a "friend of a friend" - you know the story) so I started to question myself.
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    Now if the AD member signed the BC of the child at birth , then from what I know they are considered the legal parent and the child would still be enrolled into DEERS.

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