DD Form 2656-1, SBP Election Statement for Former Spouse Coverage is a form used to convert an existing SBP spouse coverage election into former spouse coverage for eligible spouses of service members within the United States Military.
The latest available edition of the DD 2656-1 was issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) in April 2009. An up-to-date fillable version of the form is available for download or digital filing below.
The retiree and former spouse must complete the form indicating whether the election is being made pursuant to a court order, a written agreement, or voluntarily. The DD Form 2656-1 is a part of a package of forms related to establishing retainer or retired pay accounts, electing Survivor Benefit Program (SBP) coverage or terminating SBP participation.
The DD Form 2656-1 must be submitted within one year of the court order requiring coverage in order to convert the coverage from spouse to former spouse. Unless this is done, the former spouse will not be covered.
Retired members must complete Sections I, II and III. Retiring members file Sections II and III only, making the election on the DD Form 2656, Data for Payment of Retired Personnel. All service members and former spouses must complete Section III when filing the form.
Item 9 is filed if the former spouse has remarried. If former spouse remarries before the age of 55, the coverage will be suspended and premiums will not be deducted from members retired pay for the duration of that marriage. Coverage will resume if the marriage ends by divorce, death or annulment.
Item 10 is for listing eligible children from the former marriage. Indicate in a child is incapable of supporting themselves in Block 10e and attach proof if any is available.
Item 11 may be used for comments or any additional information.
The DD 2656-1 has eight related SBP-themed forms, each with its distinctive features and a specific purpose.
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