Haynes v. McDonald, 785 F.3d 614 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 29, 2015)
DIC, “SURVIVING SPOUSE” DEFINITION, “ABUSED SPOUSE” EXCEPTION
Held: In order to qualify for DIC benefits, there must be a valid marriage at the time of the veteran’s death and continuous cohabitation. The “abused spouse” exception to the continuous cohabitation requirement does not eliminate the requirement of a valid marriage at the time of death.
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