If you served in the military and sustained injuries during your time of service, military law may entitle you to veteran’s disability benefits. The purpose of these benefits is to help you cover the costs of living despite the fact that your injury may reduce your income-earning capacity.

Per MilitaryBenefits.info, the Department of Veterans Affairs considers two factors when determining how much in compensation you deserve. The first is your disability rating. The VA rates medical issues based on their severity and using a scale of between 10% and 100%. The second factor the VA considers is how many dependents you have. For each dependent you claim, your compensation increases.

Who the VA considers “dependents”

The military, as you may well know, has strict eligibility requirements for benefits. In terms of disability benefits, the VA considers minor children and children who are full-time students and between the ages of 18 and 23 dependents. The VA also lists children with serious disabilities as dependents, parents who are in a veteran’s direct care and spouses by legal and common-law marriages.

Removing a dependent from your claim

If you listed your spouse on your VA disability benefits claim, it is important that you submit a claim to remove him or her immediately after filing for or finalizing a divorce. You receive additional benefits for each dependent you add to your claim. If you continue to receive benefits for a person who no longer relies on you for financial support, you could get into legal trouble. Moreover, you will have to repay any benefits you receive after your separation to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Removing a dependent from your claim is a relatively easy and quick process. In fact, to change status, you do not need to file anything. Rather, you simply need to call the VA directly and inform the representative that you would like to remove a dependent and identify which one. You do not need to upload supporting documents or meet further requirements.