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Can My Ex-Husband Really Have Control Over Our Daughter’s GI Bill Money?

Q: My ex-husband transferred his GI Bill to our daughter who is college bound for the fall. He told me that he plans to use the monthly stipend for his step son. Does that money go in his name or to my daughter’s name? I don’t believe if it was transferred that her father should have control over it.

A: I agree with you, the money should go to her. However, where the money from her Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits goes, depends on the information that is on her VA Form 22-1990e. If Direct Deposit routing and account information was entered in block 7, then the money will go by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) into that account. If no Direct Deposit information was entered, then a hard copy check will go to the address listed in Block 5.

So the question is who filled out her form? It should have been your daughter, as that is also the form that gets her the Certificate of Eligibility that she will need when she registers for school.

Keep in mind that her tuition will be paid directly to her school, so your ex can’t get his hands on that money, but the housing money and book stipend will go as we discussed above. So if it is his DD account or address information that is on her form, that is where the money will go until that information is changed.

The VA does have a Direct Deposit hotline that she could use to change or add deposit information if none was ever entered. I suggest that she does that as soon as possible. Just keep in mind that by doing this your daughter is walking a fine line as her father could revoke all of her Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits at any time.

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