Thank you for your response. There is a new twist.
Back around the time of Desert Storm, my now deseased ex-husband and I both started term life insurance policies. Both of us were in the military and both of us wanted to make sure that the other was covered enough to take care of our children. He was the beneficiary of mine and I am the beneficiary of his. Even after the divorce, he continued to pay for both policies. Even after the current wife moved in with him 7 years ago, he continued to pay on the policy. After they married 2 years ago, he continued to pay on the policy. Quarterly and yearly statements continued to come to his residence. In May 2009 he contacted the same insurance company and inquired about Long Term Care insurance. He did not change the beneficiary of the policy to the new wife even at that time. He changed the insurance policy at his work at that time, but did not change the beneficiaries on the ones we held together. After his death, the new wife insists that she is entitled to the insurance as his new wife and plans sue. I believe that this money was not intended for her, but intended for our 2 daughters. Is the new wife entitled to this insurance money? I don't want any part of it. It is not that I am wealthy, it is just that I didn't ask for child support or alimony and I can take care of myself. I want to use this to help our daughters.
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