If the marriage (including invalid ceremonial marriage) between the NH and the stepchild's
parent ends in a divorce that becomes final in or after July 1996, the stepchild's
benefits terminate. The stepchild's entitlements end with the month the divorce becomes
final, i.e., that month is the last month the stepchild is entitled. This provision
is contained in section 104 of P.L. 104-121. (For post-entitlement processing instructions,
see GN 02602.400.)
CAUTION: If the NH has legally adopted the child, entitlement may be possible as an adopted
If the marriage between the NH and the stepchild's parent ends in a divorce becoming
final before July 1996, the divorce will not terminate the stepchild's entitlement.
If the divorce is after June 30, 1996, the divorce does terminate the stepchild’s
entitlement. If the NH and the stepchild’s parent remarry, they must meet a new one-year
duration of relationship and one-half support-met requirement before re-entitlement.