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Family Law Litigation Military Law

The Veterans Survivor Benefits Scheme, the Unlawful Marriage and CUE

The case of Lewis v. Shulkin, heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, shows us one instance in which an attempted but not legal marriage just might have a chance to be recognized, at least for the purposes of determining government benefits.


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The validity of most marriages is rarely challenged. We know when the marriage took place, as evidenced by official papers, and we know just as well when it ended … if it did. In those unusual situations in which an attempted marriage is not legal, there isn’t much anyone can do about it. Either a marriage is valid or it’s not. Period.

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