Good Afternoon Mr. Gorin, I am a retired veteran who upon divorcing signed a PSA that said "husband shall maintain in full force and effect the survivor benefit plan currently associated with his military retirement". (My former wife and I had elected this coverage at the time of my retirement). The PSA is part of the divorce decree (no other mention of the SBP occurrs in either the PSA, divorce decree, or any other exhibit attached to the decree.). So was she awarded the SBP? So, over the years I did not do anything to the SBP as I was not instructed nor aware that I needed to contact DFAS and change my election to "former spouse" from "spouse" thus leaving my SBP in full force as is. My former spouse did not contact DFAS either within the year after the divorce (or "deem" the election): I am told by her she was not aware of this necessary step either. Now, 4.5 years after the divorce my former spouse would like me to contact the Air Force to change my military record and appeal their decision to NOT award my former spouse due to the lack of activity within the first year after the divorce (on either her or my part). I do not agree with her ask to voluntarily change my military record after a 4.5 year period. In addition, I was remarried 3 years after my divorce and subsequently (during the ask from my former spouse) have asked DFAS to change my SBP election to my new spouse. DFAS has since refunded me my premiums during this 3 year period and my former spouse has now filed a "contempt" of court document within our Virginia county residence. Based on the facts above, do you counsel that I am likely in a contempt of court situation? Many thanks for any and all guidance in this matter, Clark xxxx
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