May 26, 2020 Military

I Want My BAH With Dependents

By: Hayley E. Settles and Patricia D. Shewmaker

In any military family law case, (i.e. divorce, legitimation, or other custody proceeding) the earnings and allowances that a service member receives for his or her service are important for several reasons.  The most obvious is probably that the income of the service member is an essential component in determining child support and spousal support.  Part of those earnings that may be included in the service member’s income are any allowances paid to the member for a specific need.  But, the earnings and allowances for a service member are also critical to understand in a military family law case because the allowances, specifically Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), which is the primary subject of this article, change depending on the service member’s status vis a vis his spouse and children.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is critical to understand in a military family law case.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is critical to understand in a military family law case.

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