25 June, 2009




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Marital Categories for SFA



Marital Status is defined in the Armed Forces by Marital Category (MCat). The MCat of Service personnel are defined as follows:

Category 1. A legally married member of the Armed Forces who lives with his/her spouse or who would do but for his/her service in the Armed Forces.

Category 2. A Service person who has parental responsibility within the terms of the Children Act 1989 for a child or children and who satisfies all the following conditions:
He/she can properly be regarded as the centre and prime mover in the life of the child or children.

  1. He/she provides a home where he/she will normally live with the child or children except where unable to do so for reasons attributable to his/her service in the Armed Forces.

  2. He/she provides, where the child is unable to care for itself, an agent who can look after the child during the Service person's absences attributable to his/her service in the Armed Forces. The agent must not be the other natural parent of the child. The other natural parent should normally only have staying access to the child for up to an aggregate of 56 days in any 12 month period. Staying access greater than this may render the Service person ineligible for CATEGORY 2. (These restrictions on access do not apply while on recognised Unaccompanied Duty.)

  3. He/she accepts financial responsibility for the child or children.

Category 3. A Service person who is or has been married but is not in marital category C1 or C2 and who provides financial support to his/her spouse or former spouse and/or child/children by voluntary agreement. In this case, voluntary agreement means financial support provided other than pursuant to a court order, or a Child Support Agency Maintenance Assessment, or the MOD under the relevant Service Act.

Category 4. A Service person who is or has been married but is not in marital category C1 or C2 and who provides financial support for his/her spouse or former spouse, and/or child/children, under an order made by a court, or Child Support Agency Maintenance Assessment, or the MOD under the relevant Service Act.

Category 5. All other Service personnel, including those of single status.

Service or Civil Service Spouses. When the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces in Category 1 is a member of the Armed Forces or of the UK Civil Service, then the category is to bear the additional suffix of 'S' or 'C' respectively. More Information can be found in JSP 464 Tri-Service Accommodation Regulations Chapter 1 which is available from your UPO.

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