Claim for Allowances for Common-Law Wife and Her Children

B-191316: Sep 27, 1978

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A decision was requested as to the legality of paying basic allowance for quarters and a family separation allowance for a former member's common-law wife and her children. It is unclear whether the member and his alleged common-law wife met the criteria for common-law marriage, and there is too much doubt regarding the validity of the marriage to permit paying family allowances.