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Learn more about how to enroll or change plans for health, dental, and vision.

Life Events

Learn more about Qualifying Life Events.
They can trigger a change in your TRICARE benefit.

Getting Divorced

Are you getting divorced? The sponsor must update the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) with a certified copy of the divorce decree as soon as possible.

Eligibility for TRICARE:
  • Won't change for the sponsor.
  • Won't change for biological children and adopted children.
  • Eligiblity for biological and adopted children won't change. 

We won't pay for services or supplies provided to anyone who isn't eligible for TRICARE. If a former spouse loses eligibility in a divorce and continues to get care, TRICARE can recoup those payments. >>Learn More about Recoupment of Overpayments

Former Spouses

Former spouse's benefits will end at 12:01 a.m. on the day of the divorce, unless he or she meet certain requirements.

If these requirements are met, former spouses:

  • Remain eligible for TRICARE
  • Will use their own name and health benefit number to get care and file claims
  • They won't use your name and number in DEERS


  • A sponsor’s biological and adopted children stay eligible for TRICARE until they age out. >> Learn More
  • To be TRICARE eligible, your child must be a dependent.  This means they aren’t married or serving on active duty.
  • After your child ages out, they can choose to purchase TRICARE Young Adult until they turn 26.
  • A sponsor’s stepchildren who weren’t adopted by the sponsor will lose TRICARE eligibility once the sponsor updates DEERS with the divorce decree.

Loss of Eligibility

When you lose TRICARE, you also lose your minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  You can avoid paying a fee for each month you don’t have coverage. Here are your options:

Using TRICARE with Other Health InsuranceClick to closeHealth insurance you have in addition to TRICARE, such as Medicare or an employer-sponsored health insurance. TRICARE supplements don’t qualify as "other health insurance."

TRICARE is always the second payer to any other health insurance (OHI) plan. After a divorce, if your child has health insurance from the non-uniformed service parent, then TRICARE can still act as a second payer. If your child visits the uniformed service member, TRICARE is still the second payer, so make sure your child has the OHI information to get care away from home. >>View Custody Scenarios

Review your OHI and TRICARE options carefully, to make sure you have the best coverage for your child.>>Learn More about using TRICARE with OHI

Last Updated 6/26/2018