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How To Garnish Military Pay For Support


Military pay and retired pay may be garnished for the payment of alimony and child support. Here are the procedures:
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Obtain a garnishment order from a court. A copy of your divorce decree is not sufficient.
  2. Your request must contain the full name and social secruity number of the member. Other info, such as address, will speed up the process.
  3. Mail the information to: Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Cleveland Center, Code L, PO Box 998002, Cleveland, Ohio 44199-8002
  4. You may FAX the information to: (216) 522-6960. If you fax, the full name and social security number should be on each page. You should also include a return FAX number and return phone number.


  1. The more information you provide, the faster the process will be.
  2. You may call (216) 522-5301 for follow-ups, or if you have any questions.
  3. The maximum amount of the garnishment is set by federal law to between 50 and 65 percent of disposable pay.

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